Stormy Pattern Across UK and Ireland Continues Into 2014
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
January 01, 2014, 6:28:20 AM EST
The parade of storms which have pounded the United Kingdom and Ireland for much of December with wind, rain and higher elevation snow will continue into the first week of 2014.
London's Heathrow airport has picked up at least a trace of rain in 26 of the days in December, including 19 straight days between Dec. 9 and 27. Farther north in Glasgow, Scotland, all but one day in December brought at least some rainfall. Both cities are running close to 200 percent of average rainfall for the month.
A cold front brought more unsettled weather to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Tuesday in the form of rain and gusty winds.
Fast on the heels of Tuesday's rain, another storm will pinwheel into Ireland and the United Kingdom to ring in the new year Wednesday with yet another round of strong winds, rain and higher elevation snow.
The main concern with this storm will be another round of rain, totaling 20-40 mm (0.80-1.60 inches). With many areas experiencing rainfall well above normal, rainfall of this amount could lead to flooding problems.
Winds with this storm will be strongest along southwest and west facing coasts and over the higher terrain where gusts of 80-100 kph (50-60 mph) will be possible. Most areas will have winds of 50-65 kph (30-40 mph)
Beyond Wednesday, the weather pattern will feature several additional storm systems which will bring rounds of rain, wind and higher elevation snow to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Thursday night into Friday, another storm will bring even more rain and gusty winds to the entire region and once again result in potential flooding problems.
While some showers will be possible across the region on Saturday, another storm will bring a more widespread rainfall from later Sunday into Monday morning along with another round of gusty winds.
Meteorologist Erik Pindrock contributed to this story.
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