January to December 2003 dry Spell

Rainfall totals January to December

The information below has been taken from the Met Office Hadley Centre precipitation series.

January to December 2003 Rainfall
Area Rainfall (mm) 1961-90 average (mm) Rainfall as % of average Compared to previous Jan-Dec totals
Eastern Scotland 571.6 753.1 76 Driest in series, previous driest being 1972 with 584.0 mm, 1931.
NE England 616.2 774.5 80 5th driest in series, driest being 1964 with 578.9 mm, 1873. Driest since 1964, when 578.9 mm was recorded.
NW England &
N Wales
815.9 1015.7 80 8th driest in series, driest being 1887 with 711.1 mm, 1873. Driest since 1996, when 788.9 mm was recorded.
Northern Ireland 829.2 1026.5 81 3rd driest in series, driest being 1933 with 782.3 mm, 1931. Driest since 2001, when 790.8 mm was recorded.
Scotland 1113.0 1354.8 82 3rd driest in series, driest being 1955 with 1082.9 mm, 1931. Driest since 1971, when 1107.7 mm was recorded.
SW England &
S Wales
842.2 1024.9 82 12th driest in series, driest being 1921 with 664.6 mm, 1873. Driest since 1976, when 840.3 mm was recorded.
England and Wales 761.4 915.1 83 25th driest in series, driest being 1788 with 612.0 mm, 1766. Driest since 1975, when 758.6 mm was recorded.
Southern Scotland 1153.1 1373.7 84 9th driest in series, driest being 1941 with 1018.5 mm, 1931. Driest since 2001, when 1152.2 mm was recorded.
SE England 607.0 721.6 84 16th driest in series, driest being 1921 with 396.4 mm, 1873. Driest since 1996, when 582.8 mm was recorded.
Northern Scotland 1383.6 1614.0 86 11th driest in series, driest being 1941 with 1163.0 mm, 1931. Driest since 1978, when 1310.2 mm was recorded
Central England 567.0 643.4 88 31st driest in series, driest being 1921 with 408.3 mm, 1873. Driest since 1996, when 497.8 mm was recorded.

Driest 12-month spells in series

Driest 12-month spells in series
Area
map of areas
Lowest rainfall (mm) Period of lowest rainfall Series length
(back to)
Central England 389.1 August 1975 to July 1976 1873
SE England 395.7 September 1975 to August 1976 1873
Eastern Scotland 451.5 July 1972 to June 1973 1931
NE England 498.2 October 1958 to September 1959 1873
England and Wales 522.1 August 1784 to July 1785 1766
NW England &
N Wales
597.6 April 1995 to March 1996 1873
SW England &
S Wales
602.7 September 1975 to July 1976 1873
Northern Ireland 728.8 April 1933 to March 1934 1931
Southern Scotland 945.7 November 1968 to October 1969 1931
Scotland 988.1 October 1958 to September 1959 1931
Northern Scotland 1117.7 July 1968 to June 1969 1931

divisionsd1

Last updated: 5 November 2012