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Countryfile Magazine - - Month In The Country - With John Ham­mond

We’re half­way through the year, and what strikes me is just how

‘av­er­age’ it has been so far. On any given day, av­er­age weather doesn’t ac­tu­ally hap­pen as of­ten as you might think. In­stead, the jet stream tends

to lurch from one side to the other, pro­duc­ing spells of wet, dry, cold or warm.

Th­ese spells then tend to ‘av­er­age them­selves out’ over longer pe­ri­ods to give

us our typ­i­cal Bri­tish cli­mate. Three or four ago years ago, a fal­ter­ing jet stream had opened the door to a run of bit­ter win­ters. The lack of moist west­erly winds also meant the coun­try­side was be­com­ing dessi­cated through

a sus­tained lack of rain­fall. Then sud­denly, in spring 2012, it started raining and seem­ingly didn’t stop for the rest of that year. As the at­mos­phere played catch-up, the coun­try­side flooded. Who can forget the win­ter be­fore last – the stormi­est in mem­ory? Then, in an­other lurch, 2014 was the warm­est

year on record. This year, by com­par­i­son, has been serenely un­re­mark­able. There’s been

noth­ing too ex­treme in terms of tem­per­a­ture and rain­fall. Na­ture emerged

from win­ter into spring in a steady un­dra­matic fash­ion, and sum­mer has ar­rived on cue. There is, how­ever, one no­table fea­ture of the year so far that may

have helped mat­ters fur­ther. It’s been un­usu­ally sunny – we’ll put up with that…


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