The drought in the southeast

Figure 1 – Consecutive dry days (13 April 2017)

The overnight rain in some places put an end to any possible drought across the country, but as far as I can see both Wattisham in Suffolk, and St James Park in London have now gone 15 consecutive days with less than 0.2 mm of rain in any day, so are technically in drought, and when I say drought, that’s the old-fashioned meteorological type. It might not last very long though, because the GFS is forecasting rain from a cold front moving south during Friday, which might scupper the drought before it even gets going. Looking beyond Friday though, the same model predicts anticyclonic conditions returning and persisting till at least the 21st, so we could be in for a very dry April in some parts.

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3 Responses to The drought in the southeast

  1. wansteadmeteo says:

    Technically speaking probably very few? I did sort Excel, thanks very much

  2. xmetman says:

    I wonder how frequent droughts are in the UK?
    Did you fix your Excel problem?

  3. wansteadmeteo says:

    The cold front had zero impact here, so yes that is now 15 days with less than 0.2mm daily rainfall. Only precipitation was a very brief shower on 1st which was enough to soak the roof lights but was recorded as Tr in the manual gauge. I think I was on the edge of the that shower as a couple of friends said it was a brief deluge in Whitechapel and Dartford, Kent.