British Rainfall 1867 page 41
Rainfall in the Cumberland Mountains, 1867
NOTES ON THE RAINFALL AMONG THE CUMBERLAND MOUNTAINS FOR THE YEAR 1867.
BY ISAAC FLETCHER, ESQ., F.R.S.
IN those parts of Cumberland which are distant from the mountains the year 1867 has been one of remarkable dryness, but among and on the mountains the average fall of rain has been very nearly if not quite maintained. I compute that the average annual fall at Seathwaite is 134 inches.; at that station the fall for the past year is 133.31 inches, whilst on the Stye it is 184.71, or two inches below the mean of the previous two years, the latter of which was remarkable as giving the unprecedented quantity of 224.56 inches. The mean at this station, as obtained by Dr. Miller for the four years ending with 1853, was 162.94 inches, and the maximum (1850) 189.49 inches.
The only change I have made in the distribution of the gauges since the close of 1866, is the abandonment of the Mosedale Station, and the transfer of the gauge to Taylor's Gill, also on the Stye, at the same height above sea level, and only 300 yards distant from the old gauge. The result obtained in 1866 on the Stye was so extraordinary, and was received with so much incredulity, even by well informed and experienced meteorolgists, that I determined to be armed against another year with additional evidence. Accordingly I planted a sentinel at Taylor's Gill, away from the track of tourists, and well screened from observation. It will be seen how well the two run together.