title: 'UK weather wet year' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:
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- Meteorology 'Post Type':
The Met Office has 'fessed up and confirmed what we already suspected - 2012 is already the wettest year on record in England and they say there's even more rain to come before the New Year... According to the Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. But England’s green and pleasant lands are so damp, wet, and dreary that 2012 has been declared the Year of the Slug. In fact, more rain has fallen in the last year than since records began. Dave Britton is one of the Met Office’s weathermen keeping an eye on the rain and comparing records that have been kept since 1910. He and other Met Office forecasters declared the record-breaking figure on December the 27th. This year’s total is 1,095.8mm of rainfall. That’s only up to December the 26th, with more still to come. Slugs may be enjoying the long-lasting damp but the extreme conditions have caused problems elsewhere in nature, according to Guardian newspaper’s Environment correspondent Fiona Harvey. She says aside from slugs, animals and plants flourish in the stability of the ‘traditional British cycle of the seasons’ and don’t deal well with extreme disruptions. Some bird populations are down due to habitat disruption and trees are showing signs of stress. The weather has also wreaked havoc for people across the country. The Environment Agency currently has almost 300 hundred flood warnings issued across England and Wales. Floods have caused major damage to homes and businesses, ruined crops and caused a hike in food prices. Malcolm Tarling is from the Association of British Insurers and says the industry has dealt with in excess of 100,000 claims on flood-damaged properties. Mr Tarling is calling on the government to boost flood defences across the country and to take care not to build on areas at risk of flooding. 'The flood risk in the UK is getting worse and is set to get worse,' he warns. 2012 began with drought conditions and journalist Fiona Harvey cautions we may have to get used to the extremes: “Some scientists think this could be the start of a new reality in terms of British weather as a result of climate change and we may have to get used to more extremes of weather as we’ve seen this year... And that’s going to be a very, very difficult adjustment to make.” The last year to rival 2012 for rainfall was the millennium, with 1,093 mm of rain. But these levels of rainfall aren’t confined to recent years. 1912 was also a wet one, with 1,018mm. So will the Year of the Slug have a dry finish? Not likely, says forecaster Dave Britton. There’s more rain yet to come before the New Year’s midnight bells chime in 2013.