Sunday, July 22, 2007

Deja Vu Deluges In GB

I know England has a reputation for the damp weather, but this this year is getting a bit over the top.

The great flood
By Jonathan Brown
Published: 26 June 2007

Torrential rain that swept across Britain brought chaos as hundreds of homes were evacuated and stranded motorists plucked to safety from their vehicles.

At least three people were killed in the severe storms that brought devastation to large parts of England. One man died after he wastrapped in a drain in Hull, while a 68-year-old man was killed while trying to cross a flooded road in Sheffield. Last night, police searching for a teenager who fell into the Sheaf river in Sheffield said they had found the body of a young man.

Then, 24 days later, this:
Torrential rain brings flooding
Published: 20 July 2007

Britons could only stare at the sky in bewilderment today as the country was shrouded in black skies and drenched in torrential rain.

The average rainfall today is enough to change the July average rainfall figures for the last 30 years and the chances of such weather in July are 1 in 20, a spokesman for the Press Association's weather arm, Meteogroup, said.

"It's fair to say that what we're seeing today is extremely rare for this time of year," said forecaster Helen Rossington.

In some parts of the UK, up to an inch of rain fell in an hour

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