Briefing Note: Severity of the November 2019 floods - preliminary analysis

An unsettled and wet period since late September followed by persistent heavy rainfall in late October and early November has caused severe flooding across northern and central England. Our hydrologists have provided the following background information, based on provisional data provided by the Environment Agency and the Met Office, and ongoing flood research carried out at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

We present some preliminary analysis of the November flooding, in terms of rainfall and river flows, and briefly consider the impacts. We also discuss the question of the role of climate change in extreme floods such as these.

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