Drought in England could last until Christmas

April 16, 2012 ENGLAND - A drought affecting parts of England could last until after Christmas, Britain’s environment agency warned on Monday, as rain over the spring and summer is unlikely to replenish low water levels. In a country more usually associated with damp and drizzle, drought has been declared in seventeen counties in England’s southeast and central regions, after two dry winters left rivers and ground waters depleted. Although public water supplies in these areas are unlikely to be affected, the lack of rain is taking its toll on the environment and farmers, causing problems for wildlife, wetlands and crop production, the agency said in a statement. “A longer term drought, lasting until Christmas and perhaps beyond, now looks more likely and we are working with businesses, farmers and water companies to plan ahead to meet the challenges of a continued drought,” said Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Environment Agency. Bishop urged the British public to conserve water supplies. Images of umbrella-touting spectators at the often sodden summer tennis championship Wimbledon have reinforced Britain’s image as a rainy country. In fact, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and other European countries have higher average annual rainfall than Britain. The impact of climate change on rainfall patterns is hard to predict – but it could mean more intense bursts of rain in summer and longer wet periods in winter. Hotter summers are also more likely, however, leading to droughts. Dry and compacted ground due to drought also means that there is a greater risk of flash flooding if there is heavy rainfall. Due to these extremes, the government is preparing a national adaptation plan which should be published next year. –Yahoo News
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4 Responses to Drought in England could last until Christmas

  1. jeremy olsen says:

    ok i live in cushingg mn. and it was 80 dregreese yesterday and now its snowing alot im really starting to think the weather is way off

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  2. Bone Idle says:

    I guess they will have to bring in that Indian rainmaker like they did back in 1976 during the last U.K. sever drought.

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  3. Wiseguy says:

    For the first time in twenty years, a scuba-diving festival was cancelled this month because of low water level in Richelieu river. Same river that flooded last year in Quebec region, Canada. Like northern U.S., we didn’t have snow and cold this winter. Golf course opened a month earlier. Makes golfers happy but they don’t want to see the truth behind it.

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  4. Emanni says:

    Drought-hit areas of England told to prepare for floods

    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/244641-Drought-hit-areas-of-England-told-to-prepare-for-floods

    Heavy rain leads the Environment Agency to issue eight flood warnings and 22 flood alerts across southern England

    No sooner had 20 million people in southern and eastern England been banned from using hosepipes than the heavens opened, and now parts of the country have been told to prepare for flooding

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