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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.

Yorkshire 48hr rainfall totals
Site Name Area Rainfall Total (mm)
Bingley, No2 West Yorkshire 93.6
Bradford West Yorkshire 69.4
Bramham West Yorkshire 39.4
Emley Moor No2 West Yorkshire 30.2
Ryhill West Yorkshire 9.8

This is how the warnings matrix looked on 26 December 2015.

Red Warning

 

 

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.

Impacts

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.

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