York 2015 Review
Situated on the River Ouse, York has always been liable to flooding. These days, the flood defences normally limit the impact. Not so this year. For reasons that are not yet clear - one suspects poor maintenance - the Foss Barrier, which stops water from the River Ouse flowing up the River Foss, was opened on December 26th without warning. The result was widespread flooding along the Foss and in particular along the Huntington Road. Although the last quarter of the year had been wetter then normal, York itself gets relatively little rain, and the flooding is the result of rain in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.
The other main memory of 2015 was the lack of hot sunny days. The winter months were relatively mild with no long cold spells and no significant snowfall.
York 2014 Review
For someone used to Cumbrian weather York seems a dry and often sunny place. Ok, it can be cold in winter but it is not usually combined with driving rain. 2014 confirmed that impression. There was over 3 times as much rain in Cockermouth as in York and 8 times as much in October!
There were no notable weather events. No snow and no heat waves. The visit of the Tour de France was memorable and blessed with good weather that showed off Yorkshire to its best. The rest of the summer was not bad but was not outstanding. The River Ouse behaved itself.
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