Between 2007 and 2012, northern Europe experienced a run of
wetter than average summers. In England, the summer of 2012 was the
wettest for 100 years. Now a new study says rapidly diminishing
Arctic sea ice may be partly responsible.
In the last few years, scientists looking into the consequences
of melting Arctic sea ice have suggested a link to
colder winters in the UK.
study, just published in the journal Environmental Research
Letters, is the first to find evidence that changes at the North
Pole may be affecting our summer weather too.
For six consecutive summers, northern Europe experienced
unusually wet weather. The amount of rain that fell each year was
higher than average, but having such a long run of wet summers is
what really surprised scientists.
Dr. James Screen, author of the new study and research fellow at
the University of Exeter, tells us:
"Taken together the six summers 2007 to
2012 were around 15 to 25 per cent wetter than average over much of
In England and Wales, the summer of 2012 was the wettest since
1912. The summer of 2007 was the second wettest. Screen adds:
"During the wettest summer, 2012,
northern Europe experienced 80% more rainfall than normal."