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Notes on Weather and Water Levels in the Nature Reserve

Daily Rainfall (in Millimetres) on the Nature Reserve has been recorded since November 2017:

Monthly Rainfall from November 2017 to Date:

2017 Rainfall was a total of 372.4 millimetres. This is based on internet weather records for the period to October 2017 for a nearby weather station and actual readings made on the reserve from November 2017.

Number of Days with Rainfall during 2017:

Data provided by WorldWeatherOnline.com

Windmill Pond: 15 January 2018. After another 26mm of Rain since 6th January.

Windmill Pond: 06 January 2018. The morning after 28mm of rain the night before.

Windmill Pond: 12 December 2017. Some water standing in Windmill Pond following nearly 40 mm of rain in the week.

Windmill Pond: 29 September 2017. Windmill Pond totally dried up.

Windmill Pond: August 2017. Size much reduced by evaporation in the hot summer weather. When full the pond is 100m and 40m at its widest and 3,000 sq m in extent (0.74 Acres).

Middle Section of Windmill Pond on 15th January 2018 starting to fill with water. This is the area between the main area of the pond and the Spring.

River starting to fill with water. 15th January 2018.

River with some standing water 2018 01 06.

Winterbourne stream with small amount of flowing water 2018 01 06:

Winterbourne stream flowing water under culvert under track 2018 01 06:

 

Windmill Pond - without any water at the end of the mostly-dry Autumn: 8am, 5th December, -5 Celcius

Eurasian Collared Dove breaking ice to drink at Photo Hide Pond. -4 Celcius

Rainfall Gauges. We currently use two and average their readings:

 

Weather Pattern

The typical weather pattern for Baixo Alentejo is long hot nd dry Summers (up to mid 40s Celcius) with Autumn and Winter Rainfall and some cold temperatures in Winter down to -5 Celcius or a bit lower.

 

 

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