Well, we are having the first fire of the year on Winter Hill (above Bolton). The grass is tinder dry and evidently catches light very easily.
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Might also be the case in Oz in due course. After the previous very wet months, even well into the interior, Antipodean fauna growth must have surged. A return to drought conditions may bring a very serious risk of bush fires, assuming all the bunnies and sheep don't eat the grass first.
Same here John, wet wet wet! Pushing it past the 15 mm mark for the whole month lol
27th March 2011
Total reservoir storage for the week:
100454 Ml (87.1%)
This week last year total storage was:
111391 Ml (96.5%)
Net Capacity MI
Current Storage %
Last Year's Storage %
1995 Storage %
Have had some 'useful' rain, and warm too, has allowed my seeds to germinate quickly. High humidity today has meant that the ground has stayed moist, at times the hills surrounding were shrouded in mist.
However, the River Exe is very low, at a level one would expect during a dry spell in the summer.
One saving grace so far has been the lack of strong, dry easterly winds. However, early warmth this Spring has awoken the fauna such that trees etc will now be drawing on reserves strongly. Deciduous foliation is now well under way. Soil is still moist just under the surface, but my soakaway 'sump' is now dry, suggesting the water table is already low.