How wet has 2012 been? Is it a record breaker?

Provisional figures from the Met Office from 1 January to 26 December 2012 show that some parts of the UK have already had their wettest year on record.

New records have been set in England (1095.8 mm), northern England (1253 mm), E and NE England (1042.1 mm), Midlands (1048.2 mm), and East Anglia (788 mm), in a series that goes back to 1910.

A further 46 mm of rain is needed from 27 to 31 December for this to be the wettest year on record for the UK overall – the UK has had 1291.2 mm of rain from 1 January to 26 December. The wettest year on record for the UK is 2000 with 1337.3 mm.

2012 rainfall anomaly 1 Jan to 26 Dec

2012 rainfall anomaly 1 Jan to 26 Dec

In terms of temperature and sunshine the year as a whole is set to be unremarkable, both being around normal. However, overall 2012 is set to be cooler than 2011, but warmer than 2010.

  mean temperature sunshine duration precipitation
1 January to 26 December 2012 Actual Difference from 1981-2010 average Actual Percentage of 1981-2010 average Actual Percentage of 1981-2010 average
  degC degC hours % mm %
UK 8.7 -0.1 1354.1 99 1291.2 112
England 9.5 -0.1 1467.1 98 1095.8 128
Wales 9.1 -0.1 1354.0 97 1649.5 113
Scotland 7.3 -0.1 1186.8 100 1546.3 98
N Ireland 8.9 0.0 1234.0 98 1134.8 100
England & Wales 9.5 -0.1 1451.5 98 1172.2 125
England N 8.7 -0.1 1357.0 99 1253.0 129
England S 9.9 -0.1 1525.4 98 1012.6 128

More about the record breaking year of 2012

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11 Responses to How wet has 2012 been? Is it a record breaker?

  1. jdey123 says:

    So no global warming then?

    When are you going to explain why you’re still pushing the manmade global warming myth, when central England’s been cooling back to normal temperatures for the last 10 years, the 10 year running mean is only 0.6C warmer than it was in 1772 and this year is only 0.4C warmer than 1772:-

    You can use unscientific phrases like extreme weather (previously known as weather), climate change (previously known as weather) and wettest/dryest/cloudiest/snowiest/sunniest etc. in your back garden, if you like.

    • nebakhet says:

      Just to clue you in: England isn’t the Globe

      So when you say No Global Warming and central England temperature you are only fooling yourself.

  2. nuwurld says:

    Most inactive sun for 100 years. The worst is yet to come.

    • jdey123 says:

      Solar activity is supposed to have a negligible effect on global temperatures according to alarmists whenever sensible speculate as to whether that might be the cause for the temperature increases that we’ve seen since the end of the last ice age.


    The past predictions have been completely revamped with the ‘latest’ coupled climate model, the effect is dramatic.
    What has changed with this model against earlier models to make such a huge difference?

    • jdey123 says:

      The MetOffice decadal forecast is amazing proof of their Nostradamus-like powers. Since 1850, the earth has warmed by about 0.8C. The MetOffice climate model predicts that 10 years from now, the UK could be 0.3C warmer or 0.1C cooler than it is now. i.e. a temperature range of roughly half of that which has been achieved in the last 162 years.

      For their next trick, the MetOffice will be buying up every single combination of numbers in the National Lottery and proving to us that they are equally adept at predicting the next draw.

      • nebakhet says:

        so you fail at both maths and reading comprehension. The Met Office doesn’t predict UK temperature in 10 years time.

        Nor is a range of -0.1C to 0.3C “roughly half” of 0.8C, even though the UK has warmed more than 0.8C since 1850. You are confusing the world with the UK *again*.

      • jdey123 says:

        @nebakhat – How do you interpet the phrase “Decadal forecast” then?
        Looking at the central England temperature, the difference between the 10 year mean in 1850 and now looks like, wait for it, 0.8C

  4. jdey123 says:

    Oh well, never mind the UK didn’t experience the wettest year on record after all. In fact it was only exceptionally wet in England and then only for a few months of the year

    Maybe next year, an ‘extreme’ record will be broken and keep Dave Britten in a job.

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