October 2019 was quite a sunny and slightly colder than average month in the north, but duller and much wetter across much of eastern and central England, with temperatures closer to average. The number of rain and wet days was much higher than average across England and Wales but lower than average across Scotland. It’s the first time, after living for so many years in southern England, that I witnessed autumn starting at the beginning of September rather than November as it seemed to do quite regularly down in Devon.
I thought for this particular month I would try and animate the monthly climate charts I download (courtesy of the Met Office) and synch the climate maps so that they display the actual values and the corresponding anomalies with respect to the 1961-1990 LTA together.
So what’s the big problem?
These monthly climate charts always look unfinished to my eyes. It’s such a great pity why the Met Office, who collaborate with Met Eireann in something so petty as the naming of storms, can’t do the same thing when it comes to sharing each others climate data. The last time I checked weather and climate doesn’t respect political and territorial boundaries, and it wouldn’t take much more than a quick telephone call or video chat from the head of the climate division in Exeter to his respective counterpart in Dublin to get this sorted – so what’s the big problem?