Reblog from WUWT
Guest post by Paul Homewood
According to the Met Office, UK has just had the second wettest year on record, just behind 2000. These claims, however, are based on records dating back to 1910. The Met Office also keep a rainfall series for England & Wales, which date back to 1766, and these cast a slightly different light on the matter.
(As Scotland and N Ireland have been drier than normal, the England & Wales portion becomes particularly relevant).
Figures 1 and 2 show the annual rainfall for this series, with 10 and 30 year running averages.
This is a fine article by Paul Homewood which deserves wide coverage and perhaps longer discussion on the Talkshop.
The Talkshop seems overloaded with content at the moment but this is a good one on a subject I have been planning to cover in a different way, particularly to do with variabilty.
Rain gauges are dotted around in their thousands, with station churn at a furious rate. I’ll be revealing how I know soon as part of the surface stations project. Oh and the Leroy WMO recommendations cover rain gauges too. These too are supposed to be well exposed, so what for example is the effect of high dense fences?
Possibly more important is consistency, a variability matter again.
Apology to anyone who saw a brief actual reblog, it went bad so I have near enough cloned and reposted. Don’t think I’ll try the reblog facility again.