Vale of York driest place so far this April

The Vale of York stations are top of the table as being the driest stations in the UK SYNOP’s so far this April. Topcliffe has only recorded 0.2 mm of rainfall and Leeming 0.4 mm, and that could well have been from dew or melted hoar frost, knowing Topcliffe. Technically the Vale of York is suffering a ‘partial’ drought at the moment which is one step up from an ‘absolute’ drought believe it or not. It doesn’t seem that long ago that all the talk was about high rainfall events and rivers bursting their banks across the country, the rain shadow effect has obviously moved up a gear in these days of global warming in eastern counties in the UK.

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