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Southern Britain Soaking in Record Wet January

England rainfall January 2014
This map shows how much rainfall amounts across the United Kingdom have varied from average January values over the period of Jan. 1 - 28, 2014. (Image credit: UK Met Office)

While the eastern United States has seen successive invasions of Arctic air this month, southern England has had a soggy winter indeed.

Even though the month isn't over yet, the U.K. Met Office reports that the southeast and central southern portions of England have had their wettest January since 1910, with some areas seeing twice their average rainfall for the month. From Jan. 1 through Jan. 28, the region has seen nearly 7 inches (175 millimeters) of rain, beating out the previous January record of just over 6 inches (158 mm) set in 1988.

What's been keeping the area sopping wet? The Met Office cites winds coming from the west and southwest that are bringing with them mild air from over the Atlantic Ocean, along with the occasional storm. At least it's also been keeping temperatures mild?

Read more at the U.K. Met Office.

Andrea Thompson
Andrea graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2004 and a Master's in the same subject in 2006. She attended the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006.