Saturday, November 10, 2007

70% shortfall!

The Generaltat de Catalunya website has published the official rainfall figures for our region.

Our finca is in the orange coloured area on the extreme top right.

A dry water year
% Rainfall compared to the climatic average (2006–2007)
% Rainfall compared to the climatic average (2006–2007)

2006-2007 was the third consecutive year to register a more or less generalised deficit in rainfall levels

The 2006-2007 water year, which ran from 1st September 2006 to 31st August 2007, is considered to have been dry in most of Catalonia, as it rained between 70% and 90% with regard to the climatic average. Despite being the third consecutive year in which most of Catalonia registered rainfall levels lower than the average, this year was not as extreme as the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 water years.

This data was extracted from the report drawn up by the Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC) based on the information about rainfall collected from the automatic meteorological stations (EMAs).

The shortage of rainfall was most notable in the central Pre-Pyrenees area, specifically in the upper valley of the River Llobregat, with values lower than 70% compared to the climatic average. This was also the case in certain points of the upper valleys of the Rivers Segre and Ter.

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