Reality Check: January 2014 Rainfall Not So Unusual

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

Before anybody gets carried away with claims of “record rainfall” that we keep hearing about in the UK, let’s consider the facts.

 

In the UK as a whole, January was only tie 17th wettest month since 1910, with 183.8mm.

Relatively speaking, last month was wetter in England & Wales, but even there it was only the 16th wettest month, on the England & Wales Series, dating back to 1766 . Last month recorded 184.6mm, well short of the wettest month on record, October 1903, which had 218.1mm.

The table below lists the wettest months on the England & Wales series.

 

Month Precipitation
mm
Oct 1903 218.1
Nov 1852 202.5
Nov 1770 200.8
Nov 1940 196.5
Dec 1876 193.9
Aug 1912 192.9
Aug 1799 192.1
Nov 2009 192.1
Dec 1914 190.8
Sep 1918 189.5
Oct 2000 188.0
Sep 1799 186.8
Dec 1868 185.6
Sep 1797 185.4
Dec 1915 184.9
Jan 2014 184.6

 

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