Dart this weekend. To travel or not to travel?

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Dart this weekend. To travel or not to travel?

Post by Jules » Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:53 am

I have a free weekend and thought it would be nice to show young Danny the delights of the Dart. This, however, is a long trip for us (5 hours) so I want to be sure that if we make the effort we will get some decent paddling in. Do those amongst you with local knowledge think that the forecast showers will be enough to bring the river up?

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Re: Dart this weekend. To travel or not to travel?

Post by Simon Westgarth » Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:03 pm

Jules wrote:I have a free weekend and thought it would be nice to show young Danny the delights of the Dart. This, however, is a long trip for us (5 hours) so I want to be sure that if we make the effort we will get some decent paddling in. Do those amongst you with local knowledge think that the forecast showers will be enough to bring the river up?
Weather fronts are stacked up bring small hits of rain 4-5mm, this is according to Metcheck & the Frontal/Isobar forecast http://meteonet.nl/aktueel/brackall.htm

Note Metcheck is not too realible still its consisent with the frontal map.

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Post by James F » Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:05 pm

I'm thinking low, but not too low (at least).

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Post by Stuart J Woodward » Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:17 pm

Since 0400 this morning there has been some 13 mm of rain fall on Dartmoor, with more rain due this afternoon. Thats a lot of rain.

According to the 5 day forecast for Tavistock rain showers Wednesday, but rain all way to Saturday some of it very heavy. Best we have had so far but with ground water levels low in the moor the rain will need to keep coming, otherwise the level will drop quickly.

My advice keep an eye on the southwest weather. But it looks good from my window. I am off boating
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Post by dartphotos » Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:24 pm

Yep, The Loop is in great shape right now. Keep an eye on the rain recording at Dartcomand check the Home page Sticky at www.dartphotos.com
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Post by NickB » Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:53 am

Lots of overnight rain in Plymouth, I guess even more on the Moor.
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Post by Simon Westgarth » Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:01 am

Nick Benny wrote:Lots of overnight rain in Plymouth, I guess even more on the Moor.
8mm overnight & 14mm yesterday

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Post by AS Watersports » Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:25 am

The Dart cam is still showing low levels. Lots of rain in Exeter bringing the mighty Flower pots into condition for pre work sessions! It should hold all day.
Keep checking our water levels page for updates.
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Post by buck197 » Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:08 pm

Its raining heavily again in Plymouth and with the forecast I think you can be optimistic. I will be Sunday but have got the 5hour drive. I will keep you updated.

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Post by ClaireD » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:53 pm

It was just above 4 on the scale yesterday afternoon and was a fun trip, not too scrapey. As long as it keeps raining it should be fine (hopefully!)

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Post by Jules » Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:06 pm

I have booked the B&B so fingers crossed!

Thanks to everyone for the updates over the week. If you see me (yellow 232) or Dan (red 220) please say hi.

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Post by dartphotos » Thu Oct 20, 2005 2:29 pm

Dropped a bit by this afternoon. Here is Triple Falls at lunchtime today. Ready and waiting.
I should be on the bank with camera at the weekend. Sunday looking better for me with some sun!
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Post by muppet » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:06 pm

lots of rain forecast for tomorrow.

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Post by Stuart J Woodward » Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:42 am

It rained on Dartmoor last night from 6pm to 12pm amounting to around 5mm. Then from 2am-4am 7mm has fallen and still it's still raining. Big day to day on the Moor. With this consistent rain the Dart has held water most of this week. Even if its stops raining later today the weekend should be sweet.

Most other Dartmoor rivers will drop off quickly unless the rain keeps falling into the weekend.

This has to have been the best week of rain in October in the West Country for a few years. Any body kept a record?
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Post by Steve B » Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:14 pm

Stuart J Woodward wrote:This has to have been the best week of rain in October in the West Country for a few years. Anybody kept a record?
No, but my recollection is the same.
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Post by morsey » Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:17 pm

Last October was pretty good, but then the rain stopped :-(

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Post by James F » Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:42 pm

Anyone care to offer a level forecast for Saturday on the Melte & Nedd Fechan?

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Post by Dave Thomas » Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:52 pm

I can remember several October half term weeks over the past few years when there has been a lot of water around. Indeed, I may be wrong but wasn't it at this time of year that the Dart and Barle fatalities occurred a few years ago.

Don't specifically recall Devon last year, but there was high water of near-biblical proportions in S Wales round about this weekend. As Morsey said, the problem was that the rain then stopped!

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Post by Steve B » Fri Oct 21, 2005 1:33 pm

Yes, it was this weekend exactly that the the two fatalities occurred. Can't recall the year though - 1999 possibly?
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Post by Jules » Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:16 pm

Steve B wrote:Yes, it was this weekend exactly that the the two fatalities occurred. Can't recall the year though - 1999 possibly?
I believe it was 1998.


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Post by Simon Westgarth » Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:24 pm

Jules wrote:I believe it was 1998.
In fact this is correct, I was around at that time and recall the bad news, and then going down to view the fence post that had caused the incident.

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Post by Mark R » Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:52 pm

I was on the Loop at the time.

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Post by jmmoxon » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:33 pm

For James F

Mellte should still run at reasonable level, not so sure about Nedd Fechan, unfortunately most of South Wales runs off so fast - you should have been there today - But we will probably be there tomorrow.

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Post by Dom c » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:43 pm

Mike.. next week mid week is looking good... :@D
Keep an eye on things...

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Post by James F » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:48 pm

Good, thanks. Andy McMahon, the Musgroves and myself will be at the Melte put in at 10.30.

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Post by Stuart J Woodward » Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:39 pm

The last few years have left us in the west country with sudden heavy down pours, but with no reserve of water in the Moor.

The Dart has risen really fast then just droped. The week- end looks fine and clear with heavy rain moving onto the moor early next week. It will be interesting to see if the Dart holds a decent level.

Some thing to learn from those very sad fatalities, in the westcountry. In all the cases the water on the rivers in question was either very high or at flood stage.
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