Friday, July 20, 2007

Monsoon Wetting

The good folks at Hampstead Heath post monthly weather totals from the park, including rainfall totals. During our scorcher April, we got 5.5 millimeters of rain. May: 94 mm. June: 69 mm.

Doesn't seem like so much, I suppose ... but the daily persistence gets to be tiresome.

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Blogger oldest kid said...

We've had huge downpours of rain every day for over a week here in the Houston area, along with street flooding and some rivers in central Texas are at flood stage. Do you have street flooding?

11:28 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Street flooding? No. Whole town floodings? Yes.

11:35 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Central Texas has whole towns flooding as well, places that have never flooded before. Luckily so far it's not so bad in our area. Is London flooding?

12:42 AM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

It kind of rained here yesterday. Well, it was windy with lightning and thunder. But I wanted to get in on the conversation, too.

1:05 AM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Hmm, lightning and thunder. A tree right outside of my office building was hit by lightning yesterday and split in two. It made quite a loud cracking noise.

2:23 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

There evidently are thousands of Yorkeshirepeople and Midlands people still living in shelters and caravans because of the flooding.

As far as I can tell, there doesn't seem to be the restrictions on building in floodplains and floodways as there is in the U.S., possibly because the insurance industry here didn't do something nearly as scummy as shift all the flood risk onto the government.

10:43 AM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Our homeowners insurance has now decided they will no longer insure us for windstorm damage, starting in October! So, now they don't cover floods or windstorms! We'll have to get our windstorm insurance through the government, too, and it will be about twice as expensive. I wonder if they cover fire damage in areas prone to wildfires?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

No, insurers only take your money if they know they'll never have to pay out.

8:08 PM  

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