--What a Difference a Few Months Time Makes!
The United Kingdom has had its wettest summer since 1912, according to preliminary calculations by the UK's Met Office.
As of Aug. 29, the estimated average rainfall across the UK as a whole was put at 366.8 mm (14.44 in), the 4 News blog said on Aug. 30.
Only 1912, with its areal average of 384.4 mm (15.13 in), was wetter.
Comprehensive record keeping for UK weather began in 1910.
Record-high rainfall was registered by the Met Office, not only in July, but in April, when the flip from persistent drought to wet took place.
The big spring and summer rains help to chase away what had been a serious, growing drought with attending water-supply worries throughout eastern and southern England.
The "big wet" of 2012 was attributed to a marked southward shift in the jet stream across the eastern Atlantic Ocean and western Europe, the 4 News blog said.
Flooded roadway at Jarrow, England, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 (AP Photo/Scott Heppell).
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!