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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