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By Paul Homewood


Last month was mild, though daily temperatures never really got outside the normal band, and were nowhere near some of the extremes experienced in the past. Rather, they were consistently above average due to a persistent SW airflow:


You may have noticed that the Met Office continues to use the rain gauge at Honister Pass, 800 feet up in the Lake District, to proclaim extreme rainfall. Indeed, Honister, you could argue, has become the Heathrow of rainfall.

It is absurd and shows a lack of scientific lack of integrity for the Met Office to persist in this practice, as high mountain sites cannot be compared to the rest of the country, and as such are meaningless. They might as well use a thermometer at the top of Ben Nevis to proclaim record cold temperatures.

This use of Honister and other such sites also throws suspicion on the reliability of the Met Office’s UK-wide rainfall data, given that they exaggerate rainfall totals, and that these sites have only been operational for a couple of decades.

What was the weather like 80 years ago though?

October 1941 was actually a bit of a mixed bag:


Temperatures hit 75F (23.9C) at several locations, much higher than seen last month.

There were also several days when heavy rain fell:

Gales were also frequent, and gusts of 85 mph were recorded in Manchester:

To cap it all, snow and sleet showers were widespread on the 29thC:

Which just goes to show that you can just about expect anything where British weather is concerned!



November 5, 2021