The Decade When It Rained, And Rained, And Rained
By Paul Homewood
According to the “experts”, global warming means higher rainfall for the UK. If so, it must have been mighty warm in the 1870’s!
1) Wettest year – 1872
2) Wettest decade – 1870’s
3) Most years with >1000mm
4) Wettest Summer in South East England – 1879
5) Wettest Autumn in Central England – 1875
6) Wettest Winter in North East England – 1877
7) Wettest Year in North West England & North Wales
NB There are five regions in the above HADUKP data, so only SW England & S Wales fails to appear with a record. This regional data only starts in 1873, so misses out on the record wet year of 1872, which almost certainly would have set more records.
Victorian Floods in Windsor
Of course, there were no TV crews around in the 1870’s to spread their message of calamity. However, the Royal Windsor website has an interesting set of engravings and reports, collected from the Illustrated London News, of floods in the area in the 19thC. The full set is here, but these are the entries for the 1870’s:
I don’t suppose Disraeli blamed all this on CO2!
England & Wales Rainfall series