It’s been the litany for the United Kingdom ever since December unleashed her fury on the island nation’s rocky coasts. Then, the isles witnessed their windiest month ever in a series of storm events that threw about 100 ton boulders and reshaped coastal cliffs as if they were child’s toys. A month later, the wettest January on record cut off entire towns from road transport while flooding thousands of hectares of low-lying farmland. Now, with 23 straight days of rain occurring in January and with February hot on its heels, it appears that the UK may see its wettest winter in at least 100 years.
The severe weather tally listed by the UK Met Office just goes on and on. Some highlights:
- December was the 5th wettest month on record. January was the wettest. Combined, the January-December period was the wettest such period for at least 100 years.
- There were more days of rain for January than for any month dating back 100 years.
- For Southern England the period since December 12th was likely the wettest in 258 years.
- Five months (153 days) worth of typical rainfall occurred in the 50 day period from December 12 to January 31.