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The grass gave up in Leeds in early June and now looks like hay however the trees last month actually looked fairly good although I thought the berries were a bit early. Since the turn of the month though there have indeed been signs of drought stress with leaves turning and dropping.

 

The coming week should produce two frontal events and a few showers so we'll see what difference that makes.

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I am not sure we ever used the term drought at Thames with any real meaning. Its pretty much irrelevant, other than it will give companies more leeway to issue restrictions. There are many issues at p

People tend to mention 1976 but forget that 1975 was a dry year throughout and the winter between was also unusually dry for many areas. That's why the water situation wa already getting critical by

I can't talk for other areas. and I have been out of the industry for 10 years. As for London, a lot of investment went into modernisation after privatisation, it simply had too, and it was quite lucr

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I have also noticed the autumn colours on some of the trees around here. We had some rain yesterday evening so hopefully that will help somewhat.

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On 14 July 2018 at 13:18, 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?

Definitely. A few trees are already turning, but looking tired rather than about to give an autumn display.

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Drought has a hell of along way to reach this one..as we had a very wet spring.

The period September 1975 - August 1976 was the driest 12 month period on record. A Minister for Drought was appointed this year.

http://www.trevorharley.com/weather_web_pages/1976_weather.htm

 

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8 hours ago, Nick L said:

In terms of the dry summer, this is shaping up to be on a par with 76, but obviously without the water shortages thankfully.

I would not be so sure about the water shortage situation, too early for the major water companies to own up. In 1976 it was government owned, which is a whole different ball game to companies protecting billions of profits and share prices.

Thames water are struggling to meet daily demand, they have low pressures and no waters across the network, their twitter is full of apologies. That shows the system is inadequate to cope with maximum demand, no matter how much storage they have.

They will be crossing their fingers and toes that the rains come before September, otherwise there will be hose pipe bans.

I have no sympathy for them at all, I cannot take profit unless I can supply my product, and I don't see why without any real engineering issues why we have to suffer for water companies to fill their pockets.

Dubai / Saudi Arabia etc do not run out of water ..

            

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Ditto the canals and river networks, starting to close down now, some of the canals are now on limited locking times and the Leeds Liverpool will shut in 2 weeks. It isn't just the reservoirs running short,  it's lack of maintenance, selling off the fishing rights and having to guarantee minimum levels for the angling groups along with increased use due to Tim and Pru programmes and the poor exchange rate. 

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The run of 30 days without a drop ended here with 7.4mm of rain from a couple of heavy showers overnight. We're now on 20.0mm for the summer.

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17 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

More rain fell over  SE England on the 15th July 1976 than has fallen thus far this summer.

Oddly enough, that was St Swithun's Day - but only because our calendar has been changed...Back in SS's time, his day would have fallen on July 26!:D

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5 hours ago, Ed Stone said:

Oddly enough, that was St Swithun's Day - but only because our calendar has been changed...Back in SS's time, his day would have fallen on July 26!:D

Good point Ed, funny how somehow folk traditions remain valid despite the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar! ;)

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On 16/07/2018 at 20:10, HighPressure said:

They will be crossing their fingers and toes that the rains come before September, otherwise there will be hose pipe bans.

I reckon the Atlantic is going to be rampant from September - December.  Literally the wettest Autumn ever.

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