UK Weather Report–Winter 2011/12
By Paul Homewood
The UK Met Office has just released their figures for February, so we are now able to look back at how the winter as a whole has panned out.
For the UK as a whole, the winter is only the 17th warmest since 1910, and cooler than years such as 1923, 1925, 1932 and 1935. The last three colder years have now brought running trend back close to the 1971-2000 average.
It is a similar picture for England on its own, ranking 21st warmest.
Given that for most of December and January the country was sat under a mild Atlantic airflow, the temperature record is, well, remarkably unremarkable.
UK rainfall is bang on the long term average. However, in England, it was below normal, but still only the 34th driest since 1910 and well the normal bounds of variability. Even in the South of England , it has only ranked as 22nd driest, and the 161mm recorded is more than twice 1964’s rainfall of 75mm.
Again, it’s all pretty unremarkable.