Summer 2012 the wettest in a century, if you haven't already noticed

Posted: 31/08/2012

Its official, the summer of 2012 has been recorded as the wettest since 1912 in England and Wales. MeteoGroup the weather division of the Press Association released data that showed that 14.2 inches of rain fell in June, July and August making it the wettest summer for 100 years.

Summer 2012 is also the fourth wettest summer since records began in 1727, and you thought it couldn’t possibly have rain anymore, ever! June 2012 was the wettest June since 1860, had the least amount of sunshine since 1909 and was the coldest since 1991.

In spring 2012, many water companies in the South and East of the country had hosepipe bans in force due to two unusually dry winters where groundwater supplies were as low as the drought of 1976! Whoever did the rain dance went too far! The hosepipe ban was lifted in June and July after flooding in some parts of the country.

The Environmental Agency issued the most river flood warnings and alerts since 2007 between the 1st June and the 15th July at over 1,000 and on the 6th June the Environment Agency sent out 63,356 direct automated telephone warnings which broke the previous record.

The wet summer has been caused by a jet stream which usually floats above Scotland but dropped and drifted directly over England and Wales which brought the record breaking rainfall.

If you would like to learn more about the jet stream, you can view Pali’s previous blog HERE which talks in detail about the jet stream and the effects it had on the weather.

It’s not all bad news as according to the Met Office, the jet steam has lifted and the country may be in for an Indian summer! But how many times have we heard that statement in the past!

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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