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December 2013 was, according to the Met Office, the stormiest December in the UK since data was compiled in 1969 and the windiest month since January 1993.

 

It was a month notable for a North sea surge which was the biggest since January 1953; and for the lowest pressure observed anywhere over land in the UK since December 1886, when the barometer fell to 936.8mb at Stornoway.

 

It will come as no surprise that the month was mild (CET temperature 1.8C above average) and remarkably frost free; but with a huge contrast in rainfall totals.

 

At Bainbridge in Wensleydale 270mm of rainfall fell, which is 172% of average.

 

But at Normanby Hall near Scunthorpe, only 27mm of rain was recorded, which is just 51% of average.

 

It’s a good example of a strong rain shadow effect common in our region, where the Pennine hills sharply reduce the amount of rainfall available to the east of high ground.

 

Lincolnshire was in fact the driest county in the UK.

 

Globally, December was notable for a huge contrast between cold in North America, and the warmth of Europe, shown here.

 

And as you may have seen in the news, North America is currently experiencing severe cold which in some areas could set new records.

 

But contrary to popular belief, there’s no chance of this cold reaching our shores.

 

Many parts of the UK still haven’t seen any snowfall at all this winter, and there’s little to suggest a change to significant cold or snowy weather well into January.

 

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Lazarus

    on 10 Jan 2014 15:12

    Anyone seen last nights 'Tonight' about recent flooding in Britain?

    This is also good from the BBC, A year's wild weather - in two minutes;
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-25651343

    Interestingly it ends in November 2013 however the blurb does state that there have been record low temperatures in the US but I don't think there have been many, if any new low records due to the 'Polar Vortex'.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by ukpahonta

    on 8 Jan 2014 13:17

    #31 newdwr54

    Oops, just the legend. Will have to inform the author.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by newdwr54

    on 8 Jan 2014 11:50

    26. ukpahonta

    "Time to dig out the thermals"

    Or maybe not, because your chart is from January 2013!

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by mjpuk

    on 8 Jan 2014 10:45

    Funny old thing this weather malarky ... no sooner had you written this blog stating 'no isgn of cold or snow ' the model outputs change and your on local radio 24hours later saying theres likely to be cold and snow around next week :P

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Adrian Buckland

    on 8 Jan 2014 10:21

    This I think this link puts the present cold spell over the US into some form of context.

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_niagara_falls_frozen2.htm

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Ukip

    on 8 Jan 2014 10:12

    I have always found this weather forecast to be the best. When you look at the 30 day forecast we are starting to move down into a deep trough. http://uk.weather.com/weather/monthly-S25 I suspect there will be a prolonged period of cold, as per three years or so ago.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Ukip

    on 8 Jan 2014 10:06

    Hi John. Have you just got back from the trip in the Antartica. http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/07/antarctica-rescue-ships-freed-from-ice-trap/ Cheers Tim

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by ukpahonta

    on 8 Jan 2014 08:34

    Time to dig out the thermals
    http://i.imgur.com/fHrweld.jpg

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by john_cogger

    on 7 Jan 2014 23:13

    Day 37 of 100 days of snow....

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by john_cogger

    on 7 Jan 2014 22:27

    Another year and another top 10 global temp. Funny old thing this cooling.

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