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The rain just isn’t going away

Sorry to bring bad news but it’s official, the rain is here to stay – for 10 years.Experts at the Met Office have got their heads together and decided we’re in the middle of an unfortunate wet weather cycle. Their data and statistics predict this rainy period is not going anywhere until 2023.

The Independent newspaper said this long-term weather forecast, known as the Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation cycle, previously occurred in the 1950s-early 1960s and in the 1880s.

Professor Stephen Belcher, head of the Met Office Hadley Centre, told the newspaper: “This is a really new and exciting finding.

“It’s the pattern of warm and cold water, it’s the contrast of the warm and the cold, when that sits in the right place beneath the jet stream, it can kind of steer the jet stream and influence where it goes.”

I’m not sure exciting is a word I would use to describe this weather pattern as I pull my umbrella and raincoat out of the cupboard again.

The Met Office predicted this weather doom and gloom after a meeting of 25 experts to discuss the impact of climate change.

As well as recent wet summers, this year’s spring was the coldest for 50 years and the winter of 2010/2011 included the UK’s coldest December since records began.

Farmers are reporting harvests that are 30% lower than they should be and beekeepers say many bee colonies have been wiped out.

Oh well, at least we won’t face another hosepipe ban for a few years….or will we?


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