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By: FormerAussie, 11:32 AM GMT on January 17, 2011
Friday morning I arrange for a climatologist to appear on a radio breakfast show. Her subject - the increase over more than 80 years of records of increasing frequency of heavy rain events in Northern England. www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12151866 (And one record going back to 1745 - that's the year Bonnie Prince Charlie marched on London at the head of a Highland army!!)Svere weather warnings swiftly followed. Between 2100 that night and around 1200 on ...
Updated: 11:41 AM GMT on January 17, 2011
By: FormerAussie, 4:26 PM GMT on July 20, 2010
Because a couple of weeks after that, the weather broke and it's barely stopped raining since. Two weeks ago the passenger boats on England's largest lake were changing their routes because of shallow water. Now they're missing a stop because the jetty is under water. The water company says we need another week or two like this before it's once more legal to water the garden - but bountiful nature is doing that without assistance....
By: FormerAussie, 3:26 PM GMT on June 25, 2010
.... is presumably why the commonest comment is that the UK water companies have a ban on hosepipes every year. No.... not in this region. In the NW of England, it was 16 years ago. In Kent (where the national newspaper editors live) they're a little more frequent - and everything that happens in Kent, is of course newsworthy.
By: FormerAussie, 1:02 PM GMT on June 24, 2010
So here in the NW of England last November we broke all records for 24 hour rainfall. It's barely rained since - and for the first couple months it snowed instead, in the coldest winter since 1929. Not a lot, though - and the water company's just announced the first measures to deal with the drought following the driest spring since sometime way back. At least it's not boring....