High likelihood, high impact Red warning of rain, 26 December 2015
West Yorkshire 26 December 2015
Storm Eva impacted the UK from the 24 December 2015. With the ground already fully saturated from a string a weather systems throughout November and December, it was inevitable that the expected high rainfall totals would cause significant flooding across a wide area.
Here are some of the rainfall totals recorded in West Yorkshire as the rainfall associated with Storm Eva affected the county. Some areas received their average rainfall for the whole of December in the space of 48 hours.
|Site Name||Area||Rainfall Total (mm)|
|Bingley, No2||West Yorkshire||93.6|
|Emley Moor No2||West Yorkshire||30.2|
This is how the warnings matrix looked on 26 December 2015.
Warning Verification Results
The weather warning was subsequently verified with the results discussed and confirmed by the Public Weather Service Customer Group. The overall result was that the warning gave good guidance, scoring 6 out of 9.
The persistent and heavy rain falling onto already saturated ground resulted in widespread surface water and run-off from fields. River systems were inundated and overtopped their banks in many places. Bridges were damaged or even washed away, with Calderdale badly affected. Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd were all badly affected by flooding.