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Drought - Summer - 2018?

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6 minutes ago, suffolkboy_ said:

Dublin Swimming Baths have announced that they will be closing swimming lanes 7 and 8 in order to save water.

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2 hours ago, MildCarlilse said:

Unusually strong +AO has forced the sub-tropical high pressure belt pretty far north compared to normal. That has caused said heat. 

Not a bad thing for the hurricane season of course since it should mean lower than normal pressure in the tropics. 

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Today will be day 30 without rain here, apart from one or two spots of rain which didn't even dampen the ground on June 16th. 

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United Utilities could announce a hosepipe ban within day's unless the north-west gets some rain

Current water levels

Pennine reservoirs 63.9% (73.3% last year)

Haweswater and Thirlmere in the Lake District are 57.8% (79% last year).

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18 days without measurable rain and only one had a trace during this period. In the last thirty six days we had just 25.9mm of rain and 18mm of this fell on the 2nd of June.

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Three day's since the last rainfall here, and rain two day's before that.

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20 days and counting since I last saw more than trace amounts here.

37 days and counting since I last saw a daily total of more than 0.6 mm.

73 days and counting since the last 'properly wet day' i.e one delivering at least 10 mm. Nearest to breaking that run have been 2nd May with 8.0 mm and 30th May with 7.6 mm.

 

The 6-month moving average rainfall anomaly shows the wet March-April to have effectively been cancelled out as of the end of June. 

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We did get a shower on Thursday that lasted less than five minutes.

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The last day here with any rainfall whatsoever was May 30th. Pretty much 40 days. 

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Had 1 foot of rain since march 1st.

Sounds a lot.

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Rain now will do little if anything to replenish stocks, unless its a sustained wet period. Groundwater levels only recover during the winter and early Spring months, this is because almost all the rain that falls is lost to either evaporation or due to the hard ground will appear in rivers as runoff.  The type of rain you get (I know I sound like British Rail) is also an important factor, sudden downpours, although they will stop immediate demand dead in its tracks in that area, can actually be counter productive.

The ground has picked up so much particulate matter, that any runoff into rivers causes the (DO) oxygen levels to plummet, the fish die, the water is almost untreatable, and can cause any abstraction taking place to be stopped.

There is even a special boat known as a bubbler that works the Thames when needed which simply introduces oxygen bubbles into the water to oxygenate the river. 

     

       

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Never seen my garden like this after 13 years living in Norn Iron.

Yellow and scorched.

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On 07/07/2018 at 08:01, Supacell said:

Today will be day 30 without rain here, apart from one or two spots of rain which didn't even dampen the ground on June 16th. 

Hmmm rain i think i remember that. Fingers crossed the change will happen mid month

 

Edited by Martin R Gibbons

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19 days since we last saw rain in Durham (apart from this morning’s light drizzle, which wasn’t measurable).

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Just walked to the shop on my lunch break and there are so many leaves lining the pavements, it's like October! Possible drought stress?

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Finally had some rain yesterday 4.4mm so drought broken.

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Like a dust bowl here

no rain since late may getting on for 50 days!!

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1 hour ago, Nick L said:

Just walked to the shop on my lunch break and there are so many leaves lining the pavements, it's like October! Possible drought stress?

Yes same round these parts to Nick, An early Autumn fall beacons maybe? 're heat stress.

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2 hours ago, Steve Murr said:

Like a dust bowl here

no rain since late may getting on for 50 days!!

Same here.  Amazing that many on this forum are moaning that rain next week means an unsettled second half of summer and an "early autumn" where, in fact, the surest route to an early autumn is continued drought.

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Canals now really struggling with lack of water.

Leeds-Liverpool shutting completely soon, down to very restricted locking hours already. Several closures and stoppages this week (Grand Union, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey, South Oxford etc) due to water shortages and lack of ongoing maintenance resulting in breakages or greater water loss than can be replaced. Even the River Weaver is very low along with the Nene.

 

In fact, I have never seen this map with as much orange (below expected levels) as there is today...

http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Map

Edited by matty40s

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Rainfall recorded in Kilburn yesterday was 15.2 mm and it was a deluge.

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