January 2014 Rainfall Not So Unusual
By Paul Homewood
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.
Interestingly, if you plot these months, they appear to be in clusters. Now, maybe that’s something Slingo should be looking at. (But I would not hold my breath).