THIS year’s rain has burst most river banks across the county . . . and also the record books with 2015 already the wettest ever experienced in Galway.
By Wednesday morning last (Dec. 30), Abbeyknockmoy weather man, Brendan Geraghty had a total rainfall for the year of 60.41 inches (1,534mms.) – his highest ever since his records began in the mid-1960s.
For the first 29 days of December, he has collected a staggering 12.57 inches of rainfall (nearly 320mms.) – that is the equivalent of close on 1,300 tonnes per acre for the month.
“This is the first time since my records began that the yearly total has passed 60 inches. In 2009 the total rainfall figure was 57.18 inches and in 2002 the total was 55.93 inches, so it is an incredibly wet year,” said Brendan Geraghty.
His figures also indicate that our weather here in the West of Ireland is getting a lot wetter. The average annual rainfall, he recorded from 2000 to 2009 was 46.1 inches but for the 2011 to 2015 span, the average worked out at 49.94 inches.
“Our weather pattern undoubtedly seems to be getting wetter but December has put the tin-hat on the entire year. It now looks set to exceed the wettest month I ever recorded, November 2009, when 12.67 inches of rain fell,” said Brendan Geraghty.
Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, said that many householders and families in the South Galway area were experiencing crisis situations as water levels continued to rise this week.
“When people’s homes come under threat, it really is an awful situation. We are asking anyone under threat to make contact with friends, neighbours or the authorities – keep your phone with you and keep it charged up,” said Pat Murphy.
Storm Frank on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning turned out to be more of a rain event than a wind one, depositing roughly 0.5 to 1.0 inches of rain in different parts of the county.