A Damp Month for Davidstow!

Just over a month ago we reported that North Cornwall had experienced a very dry April. Today we are compelled to report that North Cornwall has experienced a very damp May!

Here once again are the weekly UK maps from the Environment Agency:

Here too is the last four weeks rainfall record from the EA’s automated rainfall monitoring station 47144 near Otterham:

On the first day of June 2021 the sun is shining brightly overhead and we haven’t had any rain for a few days now. Long may that continue!

However every cloud has a silver lining. This year Crowdy Reservoir is almost full to overflowing, unlike in May last year:

Bank holiday weekend on Davidstow Airfield

A Dry Month for Davidstow!

The Environment Agency publishes a weekly report on recent rainfall across England. Here’s an interesting graphic from the most recent edition:

The EA also maintains a large number of automated rainfall monitoring stations across the country. As revealed by this map, the nearest one to Davidstow is up the hill near the A39 “Atlantic Highway”:

Here’s its rainfall record for the past four weeks:

The last really rainy day is just about to disappear off the end of the chart.

After a really rainy winter this perhaps makes a very pleasant change? Don’t forget to water your gardens though!

Surfing ex Hurricane Lorenzo’s swell at Summerleaze Beach in Bude!

As discussed in the article describing my surfing session in Newquay earlier this year, the images below are from beyond the parish of Davidstow. However Summerleaze Beach in Bude is an even easier drive from here for any visitors staying in the Davidstow area:

Not only is there surf when the wind and North Atlantic swells permit, there is also the much calmer Bude Sea Pool (almost) all day, every day:

If you’re very lucky, as I was this weekend, you may even find yourself in the midst of an art installation on your next trip up the A39 Atlantic Highway!

If you’re actually in or near Bude and/or Davidstow this weekend more information about the Reflect Arts+Minds Project can be found at:

https://www.reflectaamp.org

Surfing Lusty Glaze in a February Heat Wave!

The images below are from beyond the parish of Davidstow, but Lusty Glaze beach just this side of Newquay is an easy drive from here for any visitors staying in the Davidstow area:

Apart from the rather bare beach that may look like the end of August but actually the pictures were taken on February 27th 2019, towards the end of the “heat wave” that produced the warmest English February temperatures since the United Kingdom’s Met Office records began:

However the water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Cornwall are currently nowhere near those that will be achieved by the end of August! Hence my neoprene hood to keep the dreaded “surfer’s ear” at bay!

This was the Magic Seaweed north coast surf forecast for last Wednesday: