I have said it before many times but it is shameful that we have to rely on independent and unpaid bloggers like Paul Homewood to report objectively on the weather. That the BBC cannot make simple historical comparisons like this ought to be a scandal but they get away with it because politicians of all colours welcome the spotlight being directed away from their shortcomings.
By Paul Homewood
According to the “experts”, global warming means higher rainfall for the UK. If so, it must have been mighty warm in the 1870’s!
NB There are five regions in the above HADUKP data, so only SW England & S Wales fails to appear with a record. This regional data only starts in 1873, so misses out on the record wet year of 1872, which almost certainly would have set more records.
Of course, there were no TV crews around in the 1870’s to spread their message of calamity. However, the Royal Windsor website has an interesting set of engravings and reports, collected from the Illustrated London News, of floods in the area in the 19thC. The full set is here, but these are the entries for the 1870’s:
I don’t suppose Disraeli blamed all this on CO2!
England & Wales Rainfall series