The times said apparently that the geography of the Lake District makes it the rainfall centre of England, as its valleys funnel moist air up and over mountains — which is why Seathwaite is the wettest place and Devon isn't.
To the left is a soaking day in Keswick. Keswick is quite near Seathwaite in the Lake District.
In one day in November 2009 there was the highest level of rainfall measured in the country since records began. There was 314mm in 24 hours. This reading was taken from the Environment Agency's rain measure at Seathwaite Farm and it was more than the 279.4mm recorded in 24 hours in Martinstown, Dorset, in July 1955. MeteoGroup said that this rainstorm was the greatest seen since we started measuring rainfall back in 1727.
The average rainfall for the year in the Lake District is 2000mm. But Seathwaite has 3552mm per year. This is the wettest place (where rainfall is measured) in England
Above is a chart showing avarage rainfall per month in Devon 2010. Annual rainfall in Devon is about 1,000 millimetres and up to 2,000 millimetres in the wettest place. This is not as much as Cumbria where the average is 2000 mm (there is twice as much in Cumbria!)