Summer of 2004 the wettest in 50 years

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31 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — After news last week that this year's August was the wettest Dutch August on record, it should come as no surprise that the summer of 2004 has entered the records as the wettest since 1951.

31 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — After news last week that this year's August was the wettest Dutch August on record, it should come as no surprise that the summer of 2004 has entered the records as the wettest since 1951.

Meteorological bureau KNMI said on Tuesday that 323.2mm of rain was recorded in the months of June, July and August, topping the 321.2mm recorded in the same period in 1951. Summer officially ends today.

The official records go back a little over 50 years, when KNMI expanded its network of measuring stations to give reliable comparative rainfall records.

KNMI also said in the press release on its website that the third wettest Dutch summer was recorded in 1966 with 321mm, followed by 1965 (307.8mm) and 1956 (305.8mm).

KNMI said last week that this year's August was the wettest ever, with the Maasland measuring station in Westland recording 302mm of rain.

The previous record holder, August 2002, was flooded off the winner's podium. Two years ago, 295mm of rain was recorded in August at Eext in Drenthe.

And this year's August has also been recorded as the wettest month ever in the Netherlands.

Up until Monday morning, 325mm of rain had been recorded at the Maasland station, topping the record set in October 1932 in Zandvoort when 321mm was recorded. The records for the wettest month date back to 1900.

Normally, just 70mm of rain falls in August, but some regions of the Netherlands have recorded three to four times that amount this year.

But for those people still hoping for a touch of summer, the first day of September has been forecast with dry and calm late summer weather.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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