Victorian rainfall data shows extreme UK weather events are nothing new

Posted: March 25, 2022 by oldbrew in Analysis, Dataset, MET office, Natural Variation, weather

It’s better than we thought! Another setback for alarmists as modern UK rainfall isn’t living up to the climate hype after all. Will the ‘adjusters’ be called in?
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Newly transcribed data from the Victorian era has ‘smashed’ current rainfall records, report experts at the Met Office and the University of Reading.

Heavy rainfall may be associated with flash floods and the modern-day battle against climate change, says the Daily Mail.

But a new study led by the Met Office and the University of Reading shows it’s nothing new – in fact, newly recovered data from the Victorian era has ‘smashed’ current rainfall records.

Millions of archived rainfall records dating back nearly 200 years have been ‘rescued’ by thousands of volunteers during Covid lockdown, as part of the ‘Rainfall Rescue’ project.

The records were made at rainfall gauges all over the UK and Ireland during the Victorian era.

The data shows the driest year on record for the UK was 1855, while November 1852 was the wettest month on record for large parts of southern England.

Continued here.

– The driest year on record for the UK is now 1855 (786.5mm), thanks to the new data. The driest year on record previously was 1887 (806mm rainfall averaged over the UK). The wettest year on record is 1872 with 1065mm.

– The driest May on record is now May 1844, when there was 8.3mm in England. Until this new data, the driest May on record was May 2020 (9.6mm of rainfall in England).

– December 1852 is now the third wettest month on record in Cumbria (364.9mm of rainfall) and November 1852 is the wettest month on record for large parts of southern England.

  1. […] Victorian rainfall data shows extreme UK weather events are nothing new […]

  2. ilma630 says:

    Do I detect a change of direction/heart at the Met Office, towards realism rather than alarm? Perhaps they’ve twigged that ‘climate change’ is a sinking ship, a non-entity, a passing fad.

  3. Stephen Richards says:

    Are the UKMO actually looking at and accepting real data and not model defined data ??

    If they are ! Wow just wow !!!!!!

  4. oldbrew says:

    Or the Met Office felt confident they would get proof that modern climate events were more ‘extreme’ than they ever used to be, but it didn’t work out that way. Unlucky.

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    Am I reading this right? The driest and wettest years were over 160 years ago and 130 years ago respectively? So we are not setting rainfall records.

  6. oldbrew says:

    The Met Office’s latest climate alarm piece…

    Extreme events on the increase in a changing climate
    Posted on 25 March, 2022 by Met Office Press Office

    We mentioned in our earlier blog post that an attribution analysis of the wettest February on record for the UK (which occurred in 2020) showed that the extreme rainfall experienced could become nine times more likely by the end of the century than in pre-industrial times[1]. Wet weather events such as these are expected to increase over the coming decades in the UK.
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    ‘could become nine times more likely’ — usual alarmist waffle with no factual content.

    No January rainfall trend worth mentioning since 1930.

    Nothing drastic in July either.

  7. Same applies in Australia and in particular Queensland. It is said that 1841 was the wettest year but there are few actual measurements other that newspaper stories about river heights and floods. However, there are lots of measurements for the 1890’s and photographs of floods. There is an official measurement for the countries highest rainfall on one day in Feb 1893 (over 1m). Also, there are measurements and photographs of the driest period -the Federation drought and record low rainfall in 1902. The Australian BOM records only go back to 1910 and of these there have been deliberate alterations particularly in temperature. With rainfall BOM has closed many official stations with many new station using possibly wrongly recording and not calibrated automatic stations have only a short history (I have calibrated a tipping bucket type of rainfall instrument and found it to be in reading low by upto 30%). I know of one official station closed a few years where yearly and monthly data is missing because of no measurement on one day in Oct 1898. Filling in that day from an estimate using data from 5 close by stations even if 50% too high gave the highest yearly total close to 4.0m

  8. oldbrew says:

    Word is getting round…

    ‘Extreme weather patterns are not new phenomena’

    New data reveals the most extreme weather the UK has experienced dates back to the Victorian period
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    Extreme weather is NOTHING new: Victorian rainfall data reveals the driest year on record was 1855 – with widespread flooding in the winter of 1852
    25 March 2022

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