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The rain in Spain falls ... it does here in the Marina as well.

To be interested in the rainfall is unusual to say the least – but it never ceases to amaze me how many other Marina residents are also interested!

For 10 years now, I have recorded our rainfall and put up the figures on the Park Island Notice Board religiously every month. Abusive and complimentary phone calls are received from many of our residents if the figures are not up by the 1st of the month – so you also “like to know”!!!

My readings in Park Island Way are taken at 8:30am each day and I do not intend to get up at midnight as the official recorders do – my sleep is more important. Any rain that falls between 8:30am and 8:30am the next day is recorded as falling in the previous day – another query answered!

A new record for the highest yearly rainfall in the last 10 years has already been reached and we still have a few more days in November and the whole of December to go. To day 867mms which include November’s 54mms, so far, have been measured. The previous best year was 2001 when 852mms fell – you will no doubt recall the floods and continuous rain in July that year when 267mms fell – our July this year we received 224mms which was the next highest monthly fall.

The gardeners love the rain, the walkers and sportsmen don’t – we cannot please everyone – so love or hate this is what we have had over the past 10 years.

1999 – 486mms
2000 – 446mms
2001 – 852mms
2002 – 628mms
2003 – 542mms
2004 – 659mms
2005 – 710mms
2006 – 572mms
2007 – 843mms
2008 – to date 867mms.

Is there a pattern and is global warming starting to show? I am no expert, but do feel that our wet and dry periods are getting longer and are more intense – too wet, too dry – stronger winds, more flooding and the reverse.

Ask the experts – they know – or do they?
Peter Gray
If you would like to receive an e-mail of our monthly rainfall figures, please let me know at peegee@yebo.co.za and you will be included with other interested residents.
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