Tag Archives: Drought

Why are we in drought?

Rainfall amounts across many parts of the UK have been below average for the last two years. Importantly, this includes two dry winters – the periods when we would normally expect our rainfall to replenish river, reservoir and groundwater levels. … Continue reading

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A tale of two halves for February and winter

As February and winter draw to a close, early statistics show that both have been stories of two halves. We often talk about why you can’t pre-judge a month or a season at its half-way stage, and the latest figures … Continue reading

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Warm and dry April recorded

Provisional Met Office climate figures for April 2011 indicate that the month is the warmest on record with many parts of the UK seeing temperatures 3 to 5 °C warmer than normal. The month is also the 11th driest April … Continue reading

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Amazon drought – caused by climate change or not?

Questions have been raised by recent research into droughts in the Amazon (BBC). Our Amazon expert, Dr Richard Betts discusses the issue of Amazonian drought. The recent paper, published in the journal Science, on the 2005 and 2010 Amazon droughts, … Continue reading

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