British flooding caused by wettest spring in 240 years
July 25, 2007

The extraordinary flooding hitting many parts of England right now are the result of the wettest June in recorded history and a total of more than 15 inches of rain over three months, which is the most they've had since the first records were kept in 1766. To illustrate how local conditions make all the difference when it comes to flooding, the same three-month average rainfall for Des Moines is about 13". Thus, what is essentially normal in Iowa causes catastrophic flooding in central England.

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last revised July 2007