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Suffolk: If you think the rain’s been bad this month, you’re wrong – it hasn’t, say forecasters

14:28 30 January 2014

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Suffolk has been hit by rain almost every day this month – but the amount that has fallen is only just above average.

How this winter compares to monthly averages

Month Average Actual

October ‘13 65mm 105mm

November ‘13 55mm 55mm

December ‘13 52mm 55mm

January ‘14 50mm 70mm

In what has been a mild winter compared to previous years temperatures have been consistently above the norm.

This has played a part in the distinct absence of any snow over the past few months but has instead seen more occasions when rain has hit the county.

And although it certainly hasn’t been a record-breaking month January in particular has seemed wetter because of this.

Chris Bell, forecaster at Norwich-based Weatherquest, said the amount of rain measured so far this month at Wattisham is up on previous years, but not significantly so.

“We’ve had around 70mm of rain this month and the average is around 50mm,” Mr Bell said yesterday.

“It has been a wetter than average month and there’s only been two days this month when there hasn’t been at least a little bit of rain recorded.”

However even though rainfall has been above average this month it hasn’t reached the heights of October last year.

In that month around 105mm of rain fell, nearly double the 65mm average.

Mr Bell added this can make the following months feel particularly sodden even when rainfall is average.

November and December rainfall figures were both within a few millimetres of the norm, but Mr Bell said: “October saw almost double the amount (of rainfall); that gets us off to a wet start and when you get into winter time proper, even when you have an average month following, it can feel quite wet.”

Rachel Carrington is the National Farmers’ Union’s county advisor for Suffolk and said because of good planning many farmers have seen the almost constant rain as an inconvenience rather than a major problem.

“We had a very good Autumn period so a lot of farmers were very well ahead in getting crops gathered in good condition,” she said. “People were well prepared and ahead of the game.

“The majority of people haven’t suffered too much but it does need to start drying up to prepare for the next season.

“If it stays very wet from now it does make spring work more difficult.”

4 comments

  • 40% above average for one month is entirely unremarkable and certainly not "extreme". According to the Met Office, bout 14 of the 100 recorded Januarys from 1910 to the present have been 40% wetter than the average for January, notably 2003, 2004 and 1939. http:i62.tinypic.com10ckx7d.jpg http:www.metoffice.gov.ukclimateukstationdatalowestoftdata.txt

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    Roy Everett

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • We have had 40% more rain than average in Jan!! how can that not be extreme ?

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    MARTYN GREGORY

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Don't tell me. We have had the wrong sort of rain !

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    felixstoweblue

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • It was definitely wetter than average, but for Wattisham it's probably only the 3rd or 4th wettest January since 2000. Guess it all depends on your definition of extreme.

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    Christopher Bell

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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