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  1. Exactly, it is also the amount of sunshine that is way above average. The coming week is going to knock the magnitude of the rainfall anomaly right down, but the last four weeks have been incredible for the time of year. It has felt like a cooler version of May and June 2018. In Horsham there has been one day last Saturday evening of heavy rain this month. To see how far from normal this month is, I will wait until HadCET, HadUKP have been updated then see where April 2020 ranks. According to this Met Office timeseries (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/datasets/Sun
  2. Are they? 2018 was a very sunny summer but I don't recall last year particularly standing out. UK temperature, rainfall and sunshine time series WWW.METOFFICE.GOV.UK Time series graphs of climate variables for previous months, seasons and years You can select "summer" and "sunshine" to plot summer sunshine going back about 90 years, and apart from 2018, there is no increase in sunny summers over the last 20 years. The only real trend is an increase in high summer sunshine years from 1975 to 1996, followed by a slight drop off. The dreadf
  3. No it isn't, it is based on the best scientific conclusion from the available evidence and what we understand about the laws of physics. That is not to say there isn't internal variability which can mask or amplify the long term warming signal on short timescales, but internal variability does not contribute to a long term climate change. The only way the global climate can change is by a forcing, and human activities have been that forcing for the last 200 years.
  4. I agree. In 2010 it seemed to take forever to properly warm up. 2010 was the year of northerly northerly northerly NORTHERLY wind week after week after week. I remember it for two reasons. Firstly, it was regularly a slog cycling in a NWly direction to work (10 miles) through spring, headwind after headwind after headwind. Secondly, flights were disrupted by ash from the Iceland volcano, again, thanks to the wind persistently blowing from that direction.
  5. E+W 58.4 mm according to HadUKP, which ranks it 125 out of 255 in the records going back to 1766. That is below the 1981-2010 average of 71.5 mm, although that climatology does include the incredibly wet March of 1981 (second wettest in the HadUKP record).
  6. 2018 had a wet April, followed by a drier than normal May (May 2019 was even drier). I remember it being extremely dry in my location (Horsham), I only remember it raining once or twice in the whole month. That was that first of three consecutive months with high pressure anchored right over the UK. 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2019 These years had negative rainfall anomalies in April and May relative to 1981-2010 climatology, HadUKP England+Wales dataset. It is not that common. It is also uncommon to get both April and May wet, which suggests that locked in
  7. Looks like the summer-like weather will last into the first half of the Easter bank holiday, then a significant cool down from Monday back to near average temperatures. Still no sign of rain in my area, fortunately I haven't got any transplanted seedlings on my allotment that need watering (yet).
  8. You are allowed to go out for exercise. I cycled a couple of five mile laps around a route near me earlier this evening on (very) quiet country lanes (for anyone who lives near Horsham, Westons farm -> Barns Green -> Bax Castle pub -> Christs Hospital). Near perfect conditions for it.
  9. I remember 1997, that was the first of three consecutive wet Junes, 1997 and 1998 recording over 100 mm of rain according to HadUKP (those two Junes were completely opposite strong ENSO phases). The following July's in those three years were much drier, then in August it turned wet again (not in 1998 though). I was at Reading uni from late 1996-mid 1999 and I distinctly remember the tendency of having a nice May followed by an awful June.
  10. Winter 2019/20 will go down as one of the more unpleasant ones, over five months of damp clag starting from the Autumn equinox. There was a bit of respite in January when it was dry and settled for a couple of weeks, but the punishment weather returned in February. Couldn't do any pre-spring preparation on my allotment as it was almost like a swamp at times. The worst was two names storms in three consecutive weekends, talk about a Swearing AGAIN-take for anyone who works standard office hours. March didn't start off much better, but has improved from the second week onward, and the last week
  11. I think the mildness was largely due to the lack of any cold nights, thanks to the near constant clag.
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