December 2015 – what you knew, a surprise and future prospects

The following two maps come courtesy of the Met Office. One depicts the temperature in December and the other maps the rainfall in December. Here is the BBC / Met Office take on the data.

December temperature 15
So, 2015 has been the warmest year on record with regards to the global temperature and December 2015 has been the warmest ever in the UK. The temperature in Devon has been 3.5+ degrees above the average. I guess we all knew that ….

December rain 15
And so onto the rainfall data – yes, again we all know this December has been incredibly wet – we’ve seen Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank along with all that flooding ‘up North’. But look at the map with regards to Devon and Dartmoor. Most of Devon has seen average December rainfall whilst East Devon has only seen 75% of the average. I wasn’t expecting that. We had to cancel one of our 10 Tors training weekends in December because of wind and rain and we got soaked on the other one.

Maize field mudI have been writing and tweeting about rain, maize and muddy roads

So I didn’t expect to find out that my part of the world had only had 75% of the average rainfall for December.

To be honest – it has been bad enough with only 75% of the normal rain – just imagine what it would be like in Devon if we had had 300% of the average.

The worry is – we might just see that before too long.

Listen to what Michael Mann has to say about the weather , El Nino and climate change here.

In case  you don’t know him – he is probably the most famous and respected climate change scientist in the world.

And this is what this week’s New Scientist Magazine has got to say about UK Storms – they are here to say.

Happy New Year.


2 thoughts on “December 2015 – what you knew, a surprise and future prospects

  1. I guess the strong winds down here are part of the reason for Devon’s rainfall total being relatively modest – the fronts did go tearing through Devon very quickly indeed, with short bursts of very intense rain which caused the flooding. The huge rainfall totals further north were then caused by those fronts stopping and reversing so they crossed Lancashire two or three times over the Christmas week. I wonder if the climate models have sufficient resolution yet to predict how likely it is for frontal rain bands to stop or reverse over Devon – my gut feeling is that our westerly airflow will protect us a bit by keeping things moving, but it would be nice to have a more scientific assessment.

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