Mild Start To December
By Paul Homewood
It has certainly been an unseasonably warm December so far, and one that is forecast to continue. However, it is certainly not unprecedented.
As the Met Office indicate, 1979, 2000 and 2006 were similar. But the warmest December on record was actually back in 1934. (Now why would the Met Office only be looking at figures dating back to 1960?)
The Met Office Monthly Weather Report for December 1934 shows a very similar set of weather patterns:
In other words, we find a similar pattern to this year, with most of the month being dominated by a series of depressions coming in from the Atlantic.
There is one slight difference, in that the worst of the rain seems to have hit the southern half of the country, whereas this time it is the North West that has received most rain. In fact, 1934 is still the wettest December on record in England SW & S Wales. (It is worth noting that it was also the south which was worst hit in December 1929, which remains the wettest December on record in the UK).
Note also the comment that the average Greenwich temperature was even higher in 1852. Also that birds were laying eggs!
Rainfall data from the Met Office