Wettest harvest month in 100 years
31 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — August was the wettest harvest month in the Netherlands in 100 years, meteorological bureau KNMI announced on Thursday.
31 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — August was the wettest harvest month in the Netherlands in 100 years, meteorological bureau KNMI announced on Thursday.
The average rainfall of 185 millimetres across the land surpassed by far the 62 millimetres normal for this time of year. The previous August record was 152 millimetres in August 1969.
But the record for the 'wettest place in the Netherlands ever' remained unbroken, a KNMI spokesperson said. The weather station at Schoondijke in Zeeland Province counted total rainfall of 320 millimetres this month, slightly below the all-time record of 325 millimetres that fell on Maasland in Zuid Holland Province in August 2004.
KNMI said it expected little or no rain in Zeeland on Thursday and only "drizzle in the north of the country".
The experts confirmed what all residents of the Netherlands already knew — the summer of 2006 was a period of extremes. "Seldom has a summer displayed two such totally difference faces as it did this year. June and July were very sunny, warm and dry. August was however cool, very gloomy and thus record wet," the spokesperson said.
Despite the cool and wet August month the summer of 2006, with an average temperature of 18.4 degrees, shares third place in the ranking of warmest summers since 1901. Only the summers of 1947 and 2003 were warmer, with average temperatures of 18.7 and 18.6 respectively.
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Subject: Dutch news