Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Places That Have Seen More Rain Than You: UK

Despite yesterday's precipitation, we're still on track for one of the driest Novembers on record in Philadelphia.  One part of the world that's not is Britain, which has been dealing with an active storm track for much of November and has been dealing with a good deal of flooding over the past weekend thanks to a pair of storm systems that popped through the UK.  A cool loop of the storms follows below.

Rainfall totals of 40 to 60 millimeters (one to two and a half inches) fell across parts of Western and Southwestern England over the weekend, resulting in flooding to nearly 800 homes according to the BBC.  The first of the two storms was more potent in terms of rain but the second brought wind gusts to nearly 60 mph and additional rainfall as it moved in Sunday night.

Adding insult to injury in the UK is the prospect of a cold end to this week as the NAO pattern tanks negative and a blocking regime sets up, bringing cold into Europe.  While we on the East Coast moderate this weekend on temperatures, Europe will chill.  Temperatures will struggle on Friday to warm above 40 in London, several degrees below average for the end of November.  It'll be colder farther northwest -- 30's for highs in much of the rest of the UK as a wintry pattern takes hold later this week.