Monday, 19 March 2012

Weather

Hi All

In these last few weeks, I have been working hard on my local farm. We have lambed about 500-600 ewes already and we have 190 ewes to start lambing on the 1st April. The farmer was teasing me when I told him that I will not to be there for the first 2 weeks of April as I am going to my Uncle's house, who will be half way though the 2500 ewes that he has to lamb. I love going there, as i get to spend time with my grandparents too.

As you are probally well aware, the grass is not as green as spring grass should be!! This is because there has been no rain. Many areas of England are in drought.
The places that are most affected are the Midlands, Anglia and The South East. In the overall Midlands rainfall trend is  rapidly decreasing. In the South East average rain fall has been below average. Most southern counties are theatening to have hosepipe bans. In the South West of England they have had the driest 12 months since 1975/76. Severn Water companies in the southern and eastern counties of England said that they will put water restrictions after two very dry winters have left rivers and reservoirs below normal levels. Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglain Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are all going to enforce hosepipe bans. All of them have said that the restrictions will start on the 5th April  but Sutton and East Surrey and Anglian Water have said that they will say that they are still waiting to decide when to put in place the ban. “East Anglia and south east England are in drought. Parts of central England, south west England and south east Yorkshire continue to be affected by dry weather. It’s anticipated that the risk of drought in the spring and summer in these areas is high.” – Says the Environment Agency. The drought is slowly rising north and it's expected parts of Yorkshire will probally be included soon. Most reservoirs in the southern half of England are currently below half their normal levels for what it should be for this time of year. In the north many reservoirs are overflowing.

Speak again soon, let's hope we have some rain soon!

Hope you are well.
Jack

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