Britain: How Wet Was January?

  • Date: 04/02/14
  • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

Over the whole of the UK,it has been the third wettest January on record since 1910, with 1928 remaining the wettest.

January 2014 Rainfall 1981 - 2010 anomaly

The Met Office have issued the stats for January, so let’s see what they say for rainfall.

As the map shows, it has been much wetter than normal in the south. Over the whole of the UK,it has been the third wettest January on record since 1910, with 1928 remaining the wettest.

Taking all months, however, the 183mm recorded this month only ranks as the 18th wettest.

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Whilst Southern England has been much wetter than the 1981-2010 average, the absolute rainfall map

 January 2014 Rainfall Actual

Apart from a few isolated spots, the heaviest rainfall in the south has been 200m and 300mm. This level of rainfall is in fact not uncommon in other parts of England, not that this is any consolation for those suffering in the floods.

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