As I mentioned elsewhere I put in some rainwater buttes, at the weekend before the rain, but they only filled up half way, not expecting a great deal of rain, from now on, as according to the cast, at least into the next month.
whatever happened to April showers?
Maybe they will show their hand in April
I resisted that reply
Not April's showers http://www.shareasale.com/image/AprilShowers.jpg
but April showers http://manhattanoffender.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341bfd9e53ef014e8739da84970d-640wi
We need March winds before April showers!
Well I certainly had some wind today, as the rubbish etc scattered around my garden from the bin can testify
I had 20.7mm on the 25th Aug 2011 and another 19.2mm the following day. The month still ended up below average though....August 2010 was the last really wet month here - since then, only Oct 2010 (1.1mm above average) has produced average or above rainfall.
The last time I recorded more then 20mm in one day? 17 July 2009, with 28.2mm.
There have been many days since then that have recorded between 10mm and 19mm, but never above 20mm since.
FWIW, the most rain I ever recorded in one day was 25 June 2007, with 87.4mm. Maybe we need another one of those ? Or not..
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My latest vid - The Drought Continues;
From the EA website:
The river level at Evesham is 0.57 metres.
This measurement was recorded at 18:00 on 06/03/2012.
The typical river level range for this location is between 0.46 metres and 1.90 metres.
The highest river level recorded at this location is 5.52 metres and the river level reached 5.52 metres on 21/07/2007.
In 2007 the Avon flooded in March - no chance of that happening this year, it's basically where it would be expected in a dry summer!
Very interesting post from GP tonight on netweather
To get straight to the point he said this
May possibly a little more unsettled, but March and April dry. Not good for those looking for rainfall.
Full post here
Our local river which supplies water to south London and north kent is only 31% full right now.
Since records began in 1884 only 1892/93 and 1920/21 have seen less rainfall.
Quote from Thames Water , It is no longer case of if we have a drought this year rather than when, and how bad.
The lastest water situation report for the enviroment agency is below for W.E 6th March 2012.
The report shows a brief respite for the drought affected areas.
Not much rainfall in the model output in the reliable timeframe. Things will start driing out quickly I would expect over the next week.
River levels still very low IMBY even after the rain last weekend.
That report illustrates well just how un-droughtish the last 1/3/6/12 months have been in the NW of England
The warm temperatures forecast for the next several days are bad news indeed for those of us already in drought ridden areas
The Standard making good use of a picture of (as they say themselves) "a very low tide" to illustrate a drought, which as others flagged up may or may not have any relevance.
"London faces a hosepipe ban “within weeks” after one of the driest Februarys on record increased the threat of a major drought this summer."
"A Thames Water source said: “The real problem is we just don’t know what the summer is going to bring. If we get average rainfall then we should be fine but we have to prepare for the worst.”"
"The companies that serve the worst affected areas, stretching in an arc from Hampshire to East Anglia and Lincolnshire, are expected to appoint a “drought czar” to co-ordinate efforts to save water."
"A third dry winter on the trot, which has not happened since the 1780s in London, would mean much more severe measures such as limiting water supplies to as little as six hours a day or reducing water pressure."
"Current forecasts suggest that the settled spell will last beyond the traditional start of spring on March 21 through to the Easter long weekend beginning on April 6." [maybe]
Anyway obviously oustanding news for all concerned that people are appointing czars.