Drier than average Northern Scotland

Figure 1

Rather surprisingly, Northern Scotland currently has the lowest annual rainfall anomalies for the whole of the UK, with an annual running accumulation to the end of September of just 90.9% of the 1981-2010 long-term average. The spell started with a very dry October and November in 2016, and the gap has only started to narrow in the last couple of months. It’s rather strange to think that somewhere can be seen as drier than average, when it’s seen rainfall totals of 1487.1 mm (58.5 inches) in the last year, but that’s the wonder of statistics for you.