2012 wettest year ever in Plymouth
Figures from the Met Office show that more rain fell on Plymouth in 2012 than any other year.
The total of 1389,6 mm of rainfall recorded at the Mountbatten station beat the previous record from 1960, which saw a total of 1331,9 mm during 12 months. The records for the Plymouth Mountbatten station go back to 1920.
It also means that Plymouth went one better – or one worse, depending on your point of view – than Devon and the UK in general. For both the county and Great Britain, 2012 was the second wettest year on record.
The start of 2012 was actually much drier than usual, but that changed around the beginning of April.
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“Atlantic weather systems moved in from the west. The rest of the year saw the jet stream (a band of fast moving air high in the atmosphere, ed.) bringing weather systems across the UK, bringing frequent spells of wet and windy weather to our shores,” a spokeswoman for the Met Office said.
Even though Devon 'only' recorded the second highest amount of rainfall, the average rainfall across the county was measured to be 1607,6 mm. The wettest year in Devon was 1960 where 1631,7 mm fell across the county.
The average rainfall across the UK in 2012 was 1330,7 mm.
“Being on the western side of the UK, South West England gets these weather systems first and so can get some of the heaviest rainfall. Obviously the amounts of rain varies across Devon – the west of the county and the western side of Dartmoor will, on average, be wetter than east Devon,” the spokeswoman from the Met Office said.