Precipitation in the British Isles: an analysis of area-average data updated to 1995

PD Jones, D Conway

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This paper updates precipitation series forEngland and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for 1990 and 1995 A new precipitation series for the whole of Ireland for 1840 to 1995 is developed. Redent changes in seasonal precipitation totals in all three regions are discussed. In all regions, recent precipitation in winter (DJF) has increased and summer (JJA) precipitation has decreased. This trend is most evident in Scotland, where the November to April total for 1986 to 1995 is 30 per cent more than corresponding values in 1951 to 1980. For England and Wales the 1995 summer was the driest in the record, with 7 mm less rainfall than in 1976, the previous driest summer. Over Scotland and Ireland the 1995 summer was also dry but not as exceptional.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-438
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Climatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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