Friday, July 13, 2012
In discussing the western US drought the other day, several people noted that Britain has been experiencing record wet conditions in June. The data for June are above - indeed June 2012 is a record for Junes since 1910.
One might be tempted to look at that point, in conjunction with the 2007 point, and conclude that there is a recent climate-change induced increase in British summer raininess. However, if we look at similar data for May, there is no such pattern - the data are more-or-less flat:
Similarly, July shows a different pattern again:
And August also show no evidence of a particular recent rise:
I'd be hesitant to conclude too much from this data beyond the fact that the British summer has always been a very hit-or-miss affair and there happen to have been a few big misses in recent years.
Posted by Stuart Staniford at 4:24 AM