Last time you had any rainfall?
Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:28
So its 15 days and counting, I`m sure i read somewhere the UK considers 15 days without rain as a drought?
Posted 06 April 2013 - 15:21
An interesting point is that, while gardens are looking parched, walks in the surrounding country are still very muddy with alot of standing water.....despite the long dry spell plus drying winds with unusually low dew point and wet bulb temperatures.
I think the apparent paradox is because so little ground moisture is being taken up by plants, trees etc because of the low temperatures. Usually, at this time of year, the temperature is above the 'growing season' level of 6C for most of the time and alot of water is absorbed via transpiration as plants and trees burst into life. I suspect a spell of average April rainfall and average seasonal temperatures will dry the land out better then the recent conditions.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 14:19
Enough to make the pavements and roads look wet, but not enough to stop fields being dusty.
Jon's comment above is interesting as here the only mud is near rivers and under trees on paths which get a lot of traffic but which the wind can't get at to dry out. Everything else has improved dramatically over the past week
Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:26
In other words (and Yes, I do follow and do in fact agree with the reasoning here) if the ground dries up later, it is because of the rain!
Sounds like a good excuse for the Water Companies: "We have had to introduce Water Restrictions because of the increased Rainfall recently."
It's probably a good example of Positive Feedback, or Negative Feedback. Or Something.
This post has been edited by BUTTERFLY: 11 April 2013 - 06:28
Posted 11 April 2013 - 15:54
Mild wet or showery weather would probably be welcomed by gardeners and farmers as providing the best conditions for plant growth; hill farmers are I am sure finding it particularly difficult as there would be virtually no grass growth and food stocks may be running low, or if not may be expensive. This is in addition to some sheep farmers in upland areas of Co. Down and Antrim, who are still finding dead sheep and lambs as snow melts following the late March blizzards; the last I heard over 3,000 dead animals had been found, but it seems likely there will be substantially more as I doubt if all the snow has melted.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:56