Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Groundwater outlook - from March 2014

BGS Groundwater Science has been working with partners to develop a forecast for river flows and groundwater levels over the coming months — Hydrological Outlook UK.  You can view and download the most recent Hydrological Outlook from the website.  They are published monthly.  Here, we will summarise the latest groundwater outlook.
Hydrological Outlook from March 2014
(from http://www.hydoutuk.net/latest-outlook/)

As described in the previous post, groundwater levels in February remained high across most of the major aquifers.  Even with modest rainfall over the period to mid-April, groundwater levels are expected to remain high.

3 month outlook

Over a 3 month period (March to May), it is likely that levels will return to more normal conditions for the time of year in many areas.  Below average groundwater levels will probably persist in the Chalk of eastern England.  Levels are expected to remain high for the time of year in:

  • the southern Chalk (with an ongoing elevated risk of flooding in susceptible areas), and in
  • the Permo-Triassic aquifers of northwest England and southwest Scotland.
View or download the most recent Hydrological Outlook from the Hydrological Outlook UK website.

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