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Never before so much rain in Germany

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31 Aug 10 - Germany received more rain in August than in any August since records began in 1881, the German Weather Service (DWD) announced Monday.

 “We have measured more than double the amount of rain as the long-term average for August,” said DWD spokesman Uwe Kirsche.

About 157 litres per square metre had fallen on average across the nation, a new record.
The previous record, set in August 1960, brought  "only" 134 liter / sq m. That compares with the average over many years of just 77 litres / m.

Bert Hörnitz village in the district Görlitz received 101 liter / m rain in just one day, on 7 August.

The sun shone in August 2010, approximately 143 hours, some 27 percent below its normal  target of 197 hours. Many weather stations reported new records in the lack of  sunshine, for which records have been kept since 1951.

It has been especially frustrating for farmers. The spring barley harvest was cut off right at the beginning of the month, then in the second half of August were the oats.

Thanks to CJM Benedikt, Michal K. and Thomas L. for this link 
(All from Germany)



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