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We're Drenched, So Why Is There A Drought?
It's official - this April has been the wettest on record across the UK. Up to the 29th of the month 121.8mm of rain was recorded, well above the monthly average of 69.6mm, and beating the previous record of 120.3mm set in 2000.
Some parts have seen around three times their monthly average - a significant amount.
Liscombe in Somerset was the wettest with a staggering 273.8mm of rain (almost 11in) compared to the average of 86.4mm.
How can we have seen so much of the wet stuff and yet still have hosepipe bans?
You have to look at the weather we have experienced over the past 24 months to see why we are currently in an official drought.
For most of the past two years we have seen below average rainfall, this includes two winter periods. Importantly winter rainfall is needed to recharge our longer term sources of water such as groundwater and reservoirs.
Through the warmer spring and summer months rainfall is lost to some extent through higher rates of evaporation and rapid growth of plants and trees draws up moisture from the soil too.
Recent rain will no doubt have helped gardeners and growers, water butts will be filled giving weeks of useful watering. Trees and plants will be thriving. However, it will take months of average or above average rainfall to really help - ideally including a wet winter.
We are now into May and already we have been deluged by several hours of persistent rain which has brought dangerous driving conditions and further flooding concerns.
How will the rest of the month pan out?
After another spell of heavy rain across southeast Britain during Wednesday night and Thursday it looks as though there will be some drier periods into the weekend - although with the risk of further spells of rain in the south.
Over the coming weeks the trend is an unsettled one for much of Britain and Ireland, and probably a fairly cool one.
As for the summer there are no reliable long range forecasts - we will have to wait and see what's in store.
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what do you think?
Poor management of natural resources, slow and poor administration, bonus culture.
As usual mother nature is sorting everything out in her own sweet way; little does she care for mere mortals, she has a lot to look after! Now I wonder what happened before woater companies and water boards took over? of course we looked after our own areas and let nature do her work properly, we also didn't cover the land with concrete or bring in a population that was too large for the area! Sooner we get rid of people the better for the rest of the world methinks!
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Erm how do you plan that we get rid of the people? i once knew of a Herr Hitler chappy with similar ideas ....!
I don't want to be rude here, but getting rid of people includes both me, and you!! Far better to work with the environment, rather than destroying it!!
Try back in the 70's they were warned that water being stored was not big enough for the coming housing in next few decades,solution oh were wasting install the water meter cash cow! has any dams been widen uhmmm no any more res being built no! any re routing of waste river water being diverted uhmm no,has the leakage problem being halved even now uhmm no! dividens and high pay packages yes!! ofgem ofwat exactly wat! waste of space these groups
I agree with Mike Eaton, too many people using too much water. Border control should be stricter to stop these scroungers coming in and expecting us to pay for their water,gas,electric, their food and their housing. I'm voting UKIP in future.
From my own personal view, I watch a lot more carefully the amount of water I use and what I use it for since I have moved into a house with a water meter. On average, I'm paying between £15-£20 per month less. I think common sense needs to be used.