3". But doesnt get emptied every day. Rain is not an exact science for me. If there are puddles in the yard, no point going out side. With the rain, we also seem to have no heat in the air. So its going to take a good week of no more wet before I even consider a sprayer in the field. And even then it will be in desperation to get some spray on the barley. May also looks like a cold and damp month.
No need for 6" rain guage here. 24" is a normal year. 10mm and you wont walk over this clay for a few days. Moisture retention is not an issue we suffer from. More like the opposite. If we had 6" in a day, I'd go on holiday for a month.
Annoyingly, I do seem to recall several farmers curse the dry and wanting some wet to wash their urea in. I will add that to "localised torrential downpours" and "jetstream unseasonably low" and "weather remaining unsettles" as trigger words to book a flight to, well, anywhere else not a part of the British Isles or with a maritime climate.
Not for print please.