If you are planning a BBQ or some other outdoor activity, it's always good to check the weather and see if the forecast is favourable. In fact, most conversations probably start with a discussion about the weather. If you look around the valley, you'll probably also notice there are lots of old mills, built around the beginning of the 20th Century (early 1900's) at the time of the Industrial Revolution. The valley was highly prosperous and the population grew rapidly, nearly 50% more than it is today. The terraced houses are also a reminder of where the people who worked in the cotton mills used to live. All thanks to the weather.
Photos published courtesy of Mr Geoff Pickup (Crawshawbooth) Rossendale. Image shows view of the Grane, looking East towards the Valley.
INFO:The Valley receives approximately 120 inches of rain in a year
The Rossendale landscape is dramatic with its surrounding hills and ever changing weather. Here's a recent photo showing just how impressive it can be.
There's more to Rossendale than just the Weather, although it is still the main topic of conversation. Find out here what we're looking to do for local businesses.
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't rain all the time in Rossendale, although some locals may disagree with you on that matter. With an average rainfall over 12 months, equal to 120 inches, the wettest month is December. Add to this the fact that the area is well above sea level, in winter it is more likely to fall as snow. Spare a thought though for the other Rossendale, yes there's another one, in Manitoba, Canada. Although they only receive around 22 inches of rain in a year, temperatures in winter can drop to well below minus -20 degrees.
Google street view on the Left. Photo on the right taken by Mr Paul Mulderrig from Rawtenstall
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Weather forecast for the next 5 days from the Weather page at the BBC (click the weather image, opens new page)
If you're looking to see what the weather forecast is likely to be in Rossendale, it's more than likely you are looking to check if it is going to be sunny. Chances are, due to the proximity to the Pennines and the prevailing Westerly winds, there is a greater chance it will be raining, which turns to snow in the winter months.
Snow at Clowbridge by Geoff Pickup
Photo published courtesy of Mike Ratcliffe. Copyright 2017
Here's a view from Chapel Hill (just above Rawtenstall), showing on the left the view from Google Maps, and on the right, a photo taken by Mr Paul Mulderrig of Rawtenstall from the exact same spot.