Generalisations are great for 'headlines and soundbites' but often leave many 'statos' yearning for more detailed figures for our region or farm. The 14% harvest yield reductions muted in October by the NFU harvest survey had me screaming that our harvest yield reduction was at least double this figure. Yes ... I know the figures are averaged out across the country and I filled in the survey so my yields are in there.
So with this in mind, lets look at the Met Office precipitation in individual UK countries; 2012 was the wettest year on record for England, third wettest for Wales, 17th wettest for Scotland and ......blimey Charlie it was 40th wettest for Northern Ireland. Now I am happier that its a bit more in perspective..... but perhaps we could drill down to the parish of Loddington and Launde in Leicestershire ?
|This scene captured in the mid 1990's was repeated again in December 2012|
So I compared our automatic weather station with my neighbour Richard Wright and settled on this 20 year set of data (we had more but there is a limit) . Brace yourself here comes the graph that will show you that we had 1036mm (40.8 in) in 2012 compared to 859 mm (33.8in) in 2000.
...... oh no I've fallen into the trap of generalisation. You should be gently nodding off now....