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Media Hype: Wet Summers Natural, Cold Winters Man-Made

Louise Gray, The Daily Telegraph

Britain has a higher chance of wet summers for up to the next ten years, the Met Office has predicted, after a new weather pattern was identified in the North Atlantic.


The national forecasters called a summit to discuss the strange (sic) seasons in the UK after the freezing winter in 2010, followed by the soggy summer 2012 and this year’s cold spring.

The high level meeting concluded that climate change is a major factor in colder winters.

A new pattern identified by the University of Reading was blamed for making wet summers more likely.

The meteorolgists noticed a warming of the North Atlantic Ocean in recent years.

This “North Atlantic Oscillation” pushes the jet stream south. Usually the channel of winds, that move from west to east, is much further north of the UK. When it shifts south, like it did last summer and is currently doing, it means wet weather from the Atlantic is blown in over the country.

It caused a run of wet summers in the late 1950s and early 1960s and in the 1880s.

The Met Office do not know exactly what causes the pattern to repeat but predict it will last for another ten years. The current run of wet summers began in 2007 and usually the pattern lasts for ten to 20 years.

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