How wet has 2012 been? Is it a record breaker?

27 12 2012

Provisional figures from the Met Office from 1 January to 26 December 2012 show that some parts of the UK have already had their wettest year on record.

New records have been set in England (1095.8 mm), northern England (1253 mm), E and NE England (1042.1 mm), Midlands (1048.2 mm), and East Anglia (788 mm), in a series that goes back to 1910.

A further 46 mm of rain is needed from 27 to 31 December for this to be the wettest year on record for the UK overall – the UK has had 1291.2 mm of rain from 1 January to 26 December. The wettest year on record for the UK is 2000 with 1337.3 mm.

2012 rainfall anomaly 1 Jan to 26 Dec

2012 rainfall anomaly 1 Jan to 26 Dec

In terms of temperature and sunshine the year as a whole is set to be unremarkable, both being around normal. However, overall 2012 is set to be cooler than 2011, but warmer than 2010.

  mean temperature sunshine duration precipitation
1 January to 26 December 2012 Actual Difference from 1981-2010 average Actual Percentage of 1981-2010 average Actual Percentage of 1981-2010 average
  degC degC hours % mm %
UK 8.7 -0.1 1354.1 99 1291.2 112
England 9.5 -0.1 1467.1 98 1095.8 128
Wales 9.1 -0.1 1354.0 97 1649.5 113
Scotland 7.3 -0.1 1186.8 100 1546.3 98
N Ireland 8.9 0.0 1234.0 98 1134.8 100
England & Wales 9.5 -0.1 1451.5 98 1172.2 125
England N 8.7 -0.1 1357.0 99 1253.0 129
England S 9.9 -0.1 1525.4 98 1012.6 128

More about the record breaking year of 2012





Heavy rainfall across the UK

7 07 2012

As forecast heavy rain has fallen across large parts of the UK causing flooding and disruption to travel and outdoor events.

Here is a selection of rainfall totals recorded at Met Office observation sites on Friday 6 July 2012:

UK RAINFALL 6 JULY 2012 1am – 7 JULY 1am

 
 

Location

Area

Rainfall        (mm)

 
EMLEY MOOR

WEST YORKSHIRE     

56.6

 
RYHILL                       

WEST YORKSHIRE     

52.6

 
HOLBEACH

LINCOLNSHIRE       

44.8

 
NORMANBY HALL                

HUMBERSIDE         

43.6

 
MARKET BOSWORTH, BOSWORTHPARK

LEICESTERSHIRE     

41.6

 
BINGLEY

WEST YORKSHIRE     

40.2

 
LOFTUS                       

CLEVELAND          

39.4

 
BOSCOMBE DOWN                

WILTSHIRE          

38.6

 
SHAWBURY                      

SHROPSHIRE         

36.6

 
SHEFFIELD                    

SOUTH YORKSHIRE    

36.2

 
COTON-IN-THE-ELMS            

DERBYSHIRE         

36

 
NEWPORT(SALOP)              

SHROPSHIRE         

36

 
BRADFORD                     

WEST YORKSHIRE     

36

 
PORTHMADOG                   

GWYNEDD            

35.2

 
SCARBOROUGH                  

NORTH YORKSHIRE    

34.6

 
ABERDARON                    

GWYNEDD            

33.6

 
NANTWICH, REASEHEATH HALL    

CHESHIRE           

32.6

 
NOTTINGHAM, WATNALL           

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE    

32.4

 
KEELE                        

STAFFORDSHIRE      

32

 
FYLINGDALES                  

NORTH YORKSHIRE    

31.8

 
LLYSDINAM                    

POWYS              

31.2

 
ISLE OF PORTLAND             

DORSET              

30.4

 
SHOBDON AIRFIELD             

HEREFORD&WORCESTER

30.2

 

Overnight into Saturday the heaviest rain fell across the southwest of England and parts of southern Scotland:

UK RAINFALL 6 July 7pm – 7 July 10am

 
 

Location

Area

Rainfall (mm)

 
DUNKESWELL AERODROME               

DEVON         

45

 
ISLE OF PORTLAND                   

DORSET        

42.4

 
EXETER AIRPORT                     

DEVON         

41.8

 
NETTLECOMBE, BIRDS HILL            

SOMERSET      

38

 
CAMBORNE                           

CORNWALL      

37.8

 
CHARTERHALL                        

BERWICKSHIRE  

37.6

 
PLYMOUTH, MOUNTBATTEN              

DEVON         

35.2

 
LISCOMBE                           

SOMERSET      

34.6

 
EDINBURGH,ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN

MIDLOTHIAN    

33.4

 
CULDROSE                           

CORNWALL      

31.8

 
CARDINHAM, BODMIN                   

CORNWALL      

28.6

 
ST ATHAN                           

SOUTH GLAMORGAN

26

 
STORMONT CASTLE                    

DOWN          

25.4

 

 





Another wet and windy June weekend

15 06 2012

It has been reported that this weekend’s weather is a once-in-50 year occurrence. In reality, last week’s weather was much more significant with winds recorded up to 84 mph and rainfall of 127 mm in parts of Wales. Although we are in for some wet and windy weather for the next couple of days, by Sunday and for the start of the new working week the weather looks set to be quieter with more sunshine, fewer showers, lighter winds and a warmer feel.

We have seen some more wet and windy weather this week, with heavy and persistent rain affecting many areas last night. However, rainfall totals and wind speeds have not been as severe as they were this time last week, when we saw disruption in west Wales and, later, south-east England.

Satellite image 15 June 2012 showing wet and windy weather over the UK.

The current warnings in place for Wales, the Midlands, northern England and Northern Ireland may seem to last for a long time as they are out for a 48 hour period. However, as Met Office Severe Weather Warnings are based on the impacts of the weather, it is important to ensure the public are aware of how long the worst of the weather will last. The longest warning issued by the Met Office was for the very cold snap in the winter of 2010/2011, where much of the UK was blanketed in yellow warnings for Ice untreated roads and pavements. These warnings were in place for as many as five days in a row.








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