London Grimness index

Believe it or not it has been a sunny month this December. This region has already seen 95 per cent (38.3hrs) of what we’d expect to see in an average December.

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A sunless outlook from the Met Office

But with a sunless day coinciding with the shortest day it is no surprise that many are feeling short-changed in the solar stakes.

A blog by XMetman on a ‘grimness index’ got me thinking how London fairs in terms of sunshine, temperature and rain in any given winter season.

Using the same criteria, and assuming that most people welcome sunshine, it can be seen that since the least grim winter of 2007-08, the season, over the past 10 years, has been growing steadily worse.

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 21.51.54The grimmest winter, considering statistics back to 1881, was, ironically, the 1978-79 ‘Winter of Discontent’ when widespread strikes coincided with the coldest winter for 16 years. On looking at the Top 10 of grim winters it is striking how most coincide with depressing world events, the Great War, World War 2 and the Korean War!

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The Tory ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’ campaign was probably my first memory of a general election broadcast.


One thought on “London Grimness index”

  1. I love the idea of a grimness index, but you do realise that up here we have been leading on this for years, hence the saying “it’s grim up north”. A geographical analysis is called for.


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