Saturday, 13 June 2009

Months rain fell in hours

Dramatic picture of a tornado developing in the sky over Worcester

Nearly the whole of June’s rainfall quota fell within a matter of hours causing flash flooding across Worcestershire. We blogged this event under "The heavens opened".

Within an hour of the downpour starting on Wednesday, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service received numerous calls.

There were reports of manhole covers bursting open, spilling torrents of water onto Worcester roads.

Worcester News weatherman Paul Damari said that 53.4mm (2.1 inches) fell within the space of eight hours.

On average, 57.7mm (2.27 inches) falls here in the whole of June. When combined with the amount of rain that fell last weekend – 48.5mm (1.9 inches) – that means more than June and July’s average rainfall quota has already fallen within the space of a week.

We are supposed to be having a better summer than the last two years, but as yet I am unimpressed.

1 comment:

  1. So far the forecasters have been well off the mark! We even have a Met office in Exeter, you would think they would be able to do a fairly good job predicting localy, they can't! So far this predicted heat wave has produced endless rain, with an average of 8-9 hours of sun a week! Some heat wave...
    Moan over ;-)
    let us hope it improves...