While the US media covered the record-breaking 2012 US summer drought that continues into winter, Britain experienced record-breaking deluges that created flooding nationwide, spreading death and destruction, reports Damian Carrington at the UK Guardian. Widespread flooding killed 9 people, ruined crops and created billions of dollars worth of damage. Coming on the heels of a record early 2012 drought, the record deluges highlighted the volatility from increasingly extreme weather predicted to occur under climate change. The deluges that made 2012 England’s wettest on record left persistently sodden ground: fresh downpours caused rapid run-off and flash flooding in places once thought to be safe. In June, the National Flood Forum, which represents more than 200 local community groups, helped West Sussex after homes were flooded. “They were absolutely shocked – they are a community that had never been flooded before,” said forum chairman CharlesTucker. Regular downpours by 2012’s end made it the second wettest for the UK since records began more than a century ago. Met office climate scientist Vicky Pope said,”2012 was a good example of extreme volatility. And what has the most impact on people is the volatility.”
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2012: The year Britain’s weather turned dangerous. The deluges that made 2012 England’s wettest on record left persistently sodden ground: fresh downpours caused rapid run-off and flash flooding in places once thought to be safe. Compounding the shock was the unprecedented lurch from the worst drought in a generation in early 2012. The Guardian
Met office: 2012 second wettest year on record http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20898729