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December 2015 – Freakishly mild, but wild and wet.

December 2015 was easily the mildest December on record. It was also the wettest calendar month on record.

Storms propelled by the jet stream were mainly to blame, it says, with contributions from the El Nino weather phenomenon and man-made climate change.

Numerous species of plants flowered months early, believing it to already be Spring.

Christmas Day was the wettest day of the year in Durham in 2015. Indeed it was the wettest Christmas Day on record here since records began. This was all due to Storm Eva.

Met Office : Further rainfall and flooding across north of the UK

Met Office : Exceptional warmth in December 2015

river wear flooding in durham 5th december 2015

River Wear flooding in Durham, 5th December 2015. Photo: SUZY GIBSON-CUMMINGS

2015 Yearly Summary

For the year as a whole, three months fell below the 1961-1990 average temperature (June, July, September) so, despite a warm end to the year, the overall average (9.3°C) was well down on last year. Whilst well above the 1961-1990 average, it is only just above the average for the last 30 years. 2015 was the 37th wettest year on record at Durham, a dry first half to the year and a wet second half. Five of the last ten years have been wetter. Sunshine hours were once again below average, for the fourth year in a row. There was, like 2014, a low number of ground frosts (72) and, despite the high rainfall total, a relatively low number of rain days (167). This reflects the tendency for mean rainfall intensity gradually to have increased since the 1890s and particularly since the 1960s (Burt et al., 2015).

http://community.dur.ac.uk/durham.weather/weather-data-2011-2015/the-weather-at-durham-in-2015/

Professor Tim Burt
Department of Geography
Durham University

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