The Department of Odd Climate Statistics down at the Met Office in deepest darkest Devon have struck again! This time they have added up all the regional daily rainfall totals for the third of October 2020 and then multiplied it by the total land area of the UK. They then calculated the total volume of rainfall that fell in cubic metres and did a lookup of all freshwater water sources in the country and found one that it exceeded. Bingo! Loch Ness of course – at least they didn’t express the number in units of Olympic sized swimming pools. Of course the whole point of this exercise is not so much that a weirdly contrived climate record has been broken, it so they can surreptitiously make the point to all the Guardian readers across the UK that this is all down to climate change – game over. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Department of Odd Climate Statistics an integral part of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre is secretly based on George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in 1984.
“In climate statistics, 2019 will be remembered for possessing the UK’s hottest day, whereas 2020 will be associated with rainfall records. Saturday 3 October – the day which followed Storm Alex – currently holds the record for the UK’s wettest day in a daily series stretching back to 1891 – that’s over 47,000 days. The rainfall was very widespread resulting in average rainfall across the entire UK of 31.7mm, or to put it another way, if expressed as the volume of rain that is more than the capacity of Loch Ness – the largest lake in the UK by volume at 7.4 cubic kilometres of water. It is exceptional to have 30 to 50mm or more of rain falling so extensively across the UK – from the south coast of England to the north coast of Scotland – in a single day”. The previous record was 29.8mm on 25 August 1986. Remarkably, 2020 also has the UK’s third wettest day on 15th February with 27.2mm, from named storm Dennis during what then became the wettest February on record”.Dr Mark McCarthy head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre.
- You can find my report on the rainfall that day in the article Rain from Alex – day 2.