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Britain’s Damp Summer

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Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

You may have seen stories that this summer has been unusually wet in the UK. The truth is rather more mundane.

2015_14_Rainfall_Anomaly_1981-2010

Overall, this summer’s rainfall of 272mm has only been slightly above the long term average of 244mm, and ranks an unremarkable 31st wettest since 1910.

The wettest summer on record was in 1912.

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/datasets

Looking at the longer running England & Wales Series, we find that wetter summers were much more common in the 19th and early 20thC, as the Top 50 distribution below illustrates.

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/download.html.

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/download.html

Perhaps more interesting is the distribution of the driest summers.

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/download.html

The driest summer of the lot was 1995. (The drought of 1975/76 still remains by far the most severe of the last century or so, but was a much more drawn out affair). Otherwise, the 19th and early 20thC seem to have had their share of the really dry ones.

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