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Monday, October 17, 2005

10 times more rain, please!

I am not sure if it was due to my last notice, asking for rain. But the following night and some more nights we had subtropical rainfall, with spectacular thunder and lightning.
Alas, in spite of the heavenly publicity show, it has not fallen enough rain, and not on the right places.

Between the 1st and the 15th of October Spain got 40 liter per squaremeter. On the 16th of October, the Segura water district had their dams filled only to 10,2% of capacity, less than before the last rainfalls. How come? Because the soil is very dry, and absorbs much water, because the rain fell mainly on the coasts, not where the river starts, and because the rainfalls were too short.

We need now 400 liter rain per squaremeter before Christmas to end the drought.

The tourists are happy about sunny Spain. The residents, and specially the owners of beautiful gardens, fear what will happen if the authorities have to clamp down on the use of water. It has already started in some areas.