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May 2021

June 5, 2021

By Paul Homewood


May 2021 can easily be described as “cold and wet”. It was the coolest May since 1996, but nowhere near as wet as 1967; 1924 and 1925 were both also wetter:



If you thought it was cold though, temperatures were 0.9C lower eighty years ago. Although that month started very dry, continuing April’s weather, there was a spell of exceptionally heavy rain towards the end of the month, bringing extensive flooding:





May 1951 was another cold month, colder than last month but not as cold as in 1941.



The main highlight of May 1961 was its damaging late frosts:





 May 1971 was a notably sunny month, particularly in the North East, where Durham had its sunniest May since records began in 1886. Despite this, periods of heavy rain brought minor flooding to several places at various times during the month, and a “remarkable” 34mm of rain fell at Uxbridge in just 35 minutes:






As with all of the other months in this series, the archives show that there is nothing unusual or extreme our weather nowadays.

  1. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 5, 2021 3:46 pm

    Don’t forget the famous May ‘disasters’ before climate change. Derby Day and Louth.

  2. C Lynch permalink
    June 5, 2021 4:13 pm

    Took a train journey today from Limerick to Dublin and noticed that the hawthorn is still in bloom along the entire route. Clearly a reaction to the prolonged cold weather in Spring which has only abated in the last 10 days.
    BTW check out the ridiculous “weather gone crazy – seasons out of sync” article in todays Daily Telegraph magazine courtesy of their resident panic monger Joe Shute.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 6, 2021 9:23 am

      Seasons out of synchronicity with what? Our arbitrary and totally non-scientific definitions?

  3. Penda100 permalink
    June 5, 2021 5:28 pm

    Clear and irrefutable evidence of the climate emergency. Just as it was in 1941 except people had more important things to worry about then.

    • johnbillscott permalink
      June 5, 2021 7:10 pm

      Yes bombing concentrates the mind

  4. June 5, 2021 6:48 pm

    Expect climate, get weather. As ever.

  5. cookers52 permalink
    June 6, 2021 6:24 am

    Toddbrook reservoir latest. The negligence by various government departments seems to have been disappeared.

  6. cookers52 permalink
    June 6, 2021 8:13 am

    Toddbrook reservoir 2nd independent report May 2021 on dam failure, no mention of climate change.

    • cookers52 permalink
      June 6, 2021 8:26 am

      My mistake there is a bit on potential issues due to climate change on page 82 .

  7. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 6, 2021 9:22 am

    Once again what’s interesting about the temperature graph is not really the highs but the lack of lows – the last May around 9 degrees was 1996 but before then it was regularly that coll or cooler. Thus recent May’s haven’t been particularly hot but the average is much higher because we haven’t had any cooler May’s for 25 years. Interestingly though that seems to have had no effect on rainfall. Thus the trend is upwards but not because its “hotter” as such.

  8. June 7, 2021 12:25 am

    Totalitarian states were no threat in 1925, and didn’t have enough pull to set the looter media screeching to ban electricity because global warmunism. Back then repeal was the big issue.

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