The Rainfall page is a near-real-time representation of instantaneous rainfall intensity across the West Country. This is not satellite imagery but ground based radar showing where it is actually raining. The imagery is automatically downloaded from the Met Office and collated into a national map every 15 minutes, so the current map may be up to 15 minutes old. The blue splodges on the TV use the same data source but without much local content so the TV images are of limited use. The images on this site include local context maps enabling you see exactly where the rain is – or was 15 minutes ago. Once you take the time to observe it you realise how accurate it is and with a knowledge of the wind direction you can even rush to get the washing in or take the opportunity to finish harvesting before it starts.
The page also contains the rainfall measured in Stanton Drew today and this week. Met Office stations and their temperature and humidity readings from the last hour are also shown on the map.
Visit the Rainfall page for the current rainfall situation in the West Country.
This page contains data from the Met Office DataPoint service and the Ordnance Survey under the Open Government Licence, 2015.