UK Winter 2015/2016 floods report published

One year on from Storm Desmond the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in collaboration with the British Hydrological Society have released their report on the winter floods 2015/2016 in the UK.

The review brings together both river flow and meteorological data in an analysis of the events that led to extensive river flooding in northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales.

PDF copies are available here

The review highlights:

  • That December was the wettest and, on average, the warmest on record in the UK, in records going back to 1910.
  • The highest ever recorded rainfall in the UK was measured when 341.4mm of rain fell at Honister Pass in the Lake District in the 24 hours on the 5th/6th December.
  • Record peak flows occurred at the rivers Eden, Tyne and Lune in England of around 1,700 cumecs.
  • Other record peak flows also took place on the rivers Nith, Tweed, Clyde, Forth and Tay in Scotland and the Mourne in Northern Ireland.

Print copies are now available. If you would like a printed copy please email with your postal address.

Additional Information

‘The Winter Floods of 2015/2016 in the UK’ review is an output from the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme (NHMP), operated jointly by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Geological Survey. The NHMP was set up in 1988 and aims to provide an authoritative voice on hydrological conditions throughout the UK and has a particular obligation to document major contemporary hydrological events and to identify and interpret long-term hydrological change and variability. Monthly Hydrological Summaries for the UK are routinely published as part of this programme, as well as Occasional Reports on major events.