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Is Britain's climate changing?

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Is Britain's climate changing?

Hurricane Irma has dominated conversation over the last couple of weeks after causing widespread and catastrophic damage and at least 84 deaths in parts of the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys. Scientists have claimed that the effects of climate change, from warmer oceans to rising sea levels, made the hurricane more catastrophic than it would have been in previous decades. Although Hurricane Irma hasn’t changed President Trump’s view on climate change, society is starting to see how climate change amplifies natural events.

Here in the UK, the weather is variable and often unpredictable. In fact, its diversity and changeability make British weather so distinct and unique. But even in the UK, it is clear climate change is having an impact on our weather.

Here at FreeFlush, we provide rainwater harvesting and storm water solutions and so the changing weather patterns have an dramatic impact on designing such systems. We have examined rainfall change by city over the period 1961-2006 based on captured rainfall data.  We’ve created two graphics below to display our findings. Why not take a look at your area and see how its climate has changed. 

In the winter months, we found that Inverness has seen the biggest rainfall increase, followed by Dundee, Stirling, Ripon and Bangor.

In the summer months, Rochester has seen the biggest rainfall decrease, followed by Canterbury, Wells, Reading and Bath.

If you wish to use this infographic on your site please use the embed code below. 

The original research paper from which this infographic has been adapted can be found here.

Is Britains Climate Changing freeflush winter

 

Use the interactive table below, pressing the arrows on the column headings, to rank cities by Winter and Summer Rainfall Change. 

City Winter Rainfall Change (%)  Summer Rainfall Change (%)
Aberdeen -17 -29
Armagh -5 -9
Bangor (Gwynedd) 43 -29
Bath 20 -30
Bedford 25 -17
Belfast 8 8
Birmingham 13 18
Bradford 26 -19
Brighton 13 11
Bristol 34 -21
Bury St. Edmunds 6 8
Cambridge 15 -7
Canterbury 30 -32
Cardiff 20 -5
Carlisle 40 -18
Chelmsford 10 10
Chester 3 -16
Chichester 26 -15
Colchester 22 12
Coventry 13 18
Croydon 15 -21
Derby -7 8
Derry 24 4
Dundee 63 -13
Durham 21 -23
Edinburgh 40 8
Ely 20 9
Exeter 8 -18
Glasgow 43 8
Gloucester 5 -21
Hereford 15 -21
Inverness 72 -6
Ipswich 18 20
Kingston upon Hull 13 -8
Lancaster 23 -26
Leeds 26 -19
Leicester 14 8
Lichfield -5 -17
Lincoln 13 25
Lisburn 7 14
Liverpool 13 -18
London 26 -23
Luton 27 -17
Manchester 18 -23
Middlesbrough 21 -13
Milton Keynes 27 -17
Newcastle Upon Tyne 9 -23
New Port 20 -5
Newry -9 -11
Northampton 12 -21
Norwich 3 20
Nottingham 23 14
Oxford 13 -23
Peterborough 4 -5
Plymouth 43 -21
Portsmouth 20 -15
Preston 30 -29
Reading 18 -30
Ripon 43 -10
Rochester 27 -32
Salisbury 18 -7
Sheffield 7 14
Southampton 31 -11
St Albans 20 -17
St David's 18 31
Stafford -4 -5
Stirling 60 10
Stoke-on-Trent 10 -8
Sunderland -9 -12
Swansea 8 -25
Swindon 25 -8
Truro 15 14
Wakefield 21 -13
Watford 25 -21
Wells 20 -30
Winchester 12 -13
Wolverhampton -4 -5
Worcester 8 -11
York 5 -17


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