Thursday, July 08, 2010

I don't believe it!

Can you believe that the North of England, and especially the Lake District,
which is usually the wettest part of the country, is suffering from a drought?
Hosepipe bans have been imposed, which I think is a good thing generally ...
it will encourage folk to buy a water butt to catch their own rainwater, as
we did a few years ago.


If you don't believe me, have a look at a photo of one of the reservoirs in
the Lakes.

To think of how bloody awful the weather's been in the past 6 months or so, and
of the serious flooding we had in Cockermouth last November ... which was called
Britain's heaviest rainfall ever.

Well, the Met Office has confirmed on the radio this morning, that we've had the
driest past 6 months since 1927. I gather that there is a large amount of granite rock up North, which doesn't retain any rainwater, compared with the porous chalky
rocks which are more down South. Still, the recent history of water shortages has
been the complete reverse, with plenty of water available up North and drought
conditons in the East and in the South, especially around Kent. So what's going
on?

One of my readers, EDT, reports that it's cold and damp in New Zealand at the mo,
so I guess that NZ is not prone to any water shortages there?

4 Comments:

Blogger Rog said...

They've been moaning about the weather in Sydney. The World's turned upside down.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous edtNZ said...

No shortage of rain here of late, slips, floods,road closures, power outages in one north eastern provence 300mm in 36hrs...but then its winter here in New Zealand.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Well, if you want some cyber-rain go here, theres plenty of it!

11:57 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Rog: I see what you mean ... I found this on Google:
"Sydneysiders wiped ice from their car windscreens" last month.

EDT: not much fun then in NZ winters, then?

Keith: thanks for the link. We could do with some proper rain ... hopefully we'll get some tomorrow morning.

11:01 PM  

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