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The Most Rainy Part of England

British Rainfall 1896 page 16


UNDER the title, "Seathwaite's Jubilee, 1845-94," we, last year, dealt fully with the rainfall in the hamlet of Seathwaite; and, in order that those of our readers who had not been there might understand the configuration of the country generally, as well as the immediate surroundings of the gauges, we gave a carefully-prepared contoured and coloured map of about 30 square miles, with Seathwaite nearly in the centre.
By thus working up the Seathwaite records, we obtained the best guide possible to the fluctuation of the rainfall from year to year in that vicinity. It is far from being perfect; the rainfall in that district varies so greatly that no one type station would suffice; but it is the only station of which the record extends unbroken for 52 years, and the majority of the other records are so fragmentary that it is only with the help of the Seathwaite returns that they can be satisfactorily utilized.
We have on the present occasion taken precisely the area represented in the map in the last volume, and have given in the following tables the total fall in every year observed at any station within the area. (Except, of course, the Seathwaite figures which were given last year.)
We thus bring into a single article the work done by several of our predecessors; and although some notes upon their work were give in British Rainfall, 1867, and 1876, it is so long since they appeared that a little repetition may perhaps be excused, and it is really almost indispensable as an explanation of the tables.
The records for 1847-53 inclusive were obtained by Dr. J. F. Miller, F.R.S., and for the four subsequent years Mr. Dixon, of Seathwaite, not merely continued his own records at Seathwaite, but
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