New BBC weatherwise video about the drought: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/17346039
Yeah Matt Taylor was on about that on the 6 oclock news saying any rain in the summer just evaporates and doesn't really help
We also need 2 seasons with above average rain to be back out of drought.
Excellent does that mean you will be for low pressure, cold and rain/snow come late Autumn and Winter?
As long as the rain falls in Autumn and winter in the places that need it then yes.
With levels of immigration in recent decades and of migration to the SE of England from other parts of the UK, I always had my doubts whether this country could survive another 1976.
Perhaps we will find out this year. But it is as plain as your nose that population pressures and increased population density means more use of resources, including water.
All this talk of drought - sure to lead to another washout summer!
I'm fairly confident the country will "survive"?? Or do you think it's all Mad Max from here on in?
I wonder whether I should buy another water butte, I have been prevaricating about it for a while now, I already have 2 and although I will use them a lot in the summer if I can its only really for about 4 monthsd use. Can I really justify spending £30
what does anyone reckon, are we really going to see stand pipes in the street. as I live at the top of a hill. Water pressure is going to be a problem, I could use water butte water to flush the toilets, am I over reacting.
I could use water butte water to flush the toilets, am I over reacting.
Given 30l will get you a max 10 flushes, I don't think buttes are your answer.
If you don't get any rain you won't fill your water butt isave your money... Buy some wine or beer instead or 30quids worh of bottled water
That's what worries me! Another dry warm spring and then a washout summer, though last year was dry through all the seasons here. I'd rather it rain now and have the dry sunny days in summer please.
Good MetO blog piece:
Graphic from The Telegraph showing rainfall amounts in the SE in February 2012, the last 5 months, the last 17 months and also current groundwater levels. Very interesting:Click the tabs at the top of the graphic to skip through each of the time periods: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9140456/Graphic-South-East-England-water-levels-and-drought-mapped.html
I'd be interested to see if the SE actually has had more rain than the Midlands. The Midlands rainfall totals have been even more below average than some parts of the SE, but is the normal annual rainfall totals higher in the Midlands than the SE? If that is the case then the SE may actually have seen less rain than the Midlands, but the deviation from the mean may just be less than it currently is in parts of the Midlands.
I have no idea of the answer myself.
I have to agree with some of the previous poster, its not simply a case of less rainfall, immigration and over population has a lot to answer for, there have been no new reservoirs built around here but the population has increased substancially.
My village alone has increased in population massively over the past 30 odd years, so much so that there is no land left to build a promised health centre which we badly need.
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Immigration? or prosperity? How many swimming pools and automatic watering systems have been installewd in the last 25 years? I'd put my money on that as an even bigger effect than population increase.
Anyway, Accuweather is forecasting another 23mm for here for Sunday, which should help - pity that it's coming at the weekend though.
Spare a thought for S France and E Spain - according to the forecaster on the BBC News 24 last night, they've only had 25 - 30% of normal winter rainfall, compared to SE England 60-70%.
HOUSEHOLDERS will face £1,000 fines if they use a hosepipe as part of plans to avert Britain’s worst drought for 124 years.
Companies have the power to impose the penalty under Section 76 of the Water Industry Act 1991, which states: “Any person contravening a water use prohibition shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.”