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tonybolton
Posted 8 Sep 2011 Last edited: 8 Sep 2011
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Still raining

Just wondering what other areas of the Country have experienced with regard to Rainfall. Here in East Lancashire we have had 5.94" in the past four weeks, 2.96" in the past week and 0 .87" in the last 24 hours, and it's still raining heavily. Don't suppose it's any wonder that the area I live in is called Waterfoot just below the village of Water.
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mario
Posted 8 Sep 2011
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I know no boundaries.

Spring/Summer has been in reverse here in Aberdeen with regards to the rainfall.

April - 6mm, May - 32mm, June - 67mm, July - 92mm and August - 110mm; but only 7mm so far this month AND the cricket finished last weekend!!

I always assumed that it should become drier as the season went on! Silly me!!
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barry glynn
Posted 8 Sep 2011
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What do I do? I just cut the grass.

Haven't got the stats but here in north Surrey April and May were virtually rain free. June was wet as was July and august even worse. Septembet started wet too. If I hadn't got my new mobiles, it would have been even harder work.
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Minormorris64
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What goes around, comes around

No stats here either, but I'm pretty sure that I read that in August we (Shropshire) had 50% of average rainfall ,which judging by the square/ outfield is perfectly believable.
Personally done the job for 26 years and as a whole season, I do not remember a drier season, had rain on Tuesday/ Wednesday , last night cut outfield and prepped wicket no problem, the square has a damper look but the actual surface is still as solid as hell.
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barry glynn
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What do I do? I just cut the grass.

Just goes to show how parochial our weather is. Shropshire not exactly thousands of miles from Surrey.
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eddyinfreehold
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2011 sept rainfall
I'm doing my head in here. 78mm rain since Saturday lunchtime, most of which fell on Sat and Monday. Sunday afternoon was nice for 4 hours and it was dry for about 4 hours yest aft/eve. Apart from that, we've been sat in a cloud of jumper drenching drizzle that won't go away. When you look at the radar you feel it's almost personal. My wormcasts have got wormcasts. I've managed to get a mower out once this week and had to give up.

On a brighter note the machine shed is much tidier and I've solved a long running problem with one machine. We sent a rotary off for service last winter and it came back as a poor starter and rough runner. I tried all the usual things and changed the carb diaphragm to no real avail. While sorting spares I found some new sparkplugs and for devilment changed the plug. Perfect immediately. Interestingly it would appear that the dud plug is perfectly ok, it's just the WRONG plug. Put in by the engineers on service. Hmm.
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turfjack
Posted 9 Sep 2011
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Alan FitzGerald, LedgeRock Golf Club

if it makes you feel any better I've had 9" on site in the last four days and that's on top of the 5" the previous weekend when Hurricane Irene passed through......
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tonybolton
Posted 9 Sep 2011
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Still raining

Eddy from the pointers on the map it looks like you are at Carnforth, if so, I'm sure you'll find next seasons pro, Mr. Toby Bulcock a little interesting, good cricketer but quite a character!!
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eddyinfreehold
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Alan, that is a lot of rain. I assume your proshop is run by Jaques Cousteau. The weatherman at lunchtime was saying we will get the remnants of Hurricane Katia through on Monday. So no grip underfoot and no sightscreens.

Tony, no, a few miles further south near Morecambe. I'm not very good with paintshop pro. The rain has stopped. Might just get on tonight.
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Chris Thornton
Posted 9 Sep 2011
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He not busy being born is busy dying!!

Mcgaff's Eddy??

I think this has been the wettest week I have known in last 4 seasons.
The covers had blown off the square by Wed am and the square was flooded so have left 'em off all week since. The 2s will be on a grassy one near the edge so if this sun and wind (1530 Friday) does a bit of drying and there is no more rain they might play but I doubt it!

There are still large puddles on the outfield but they will go.

My problem is that I would rather be at home watching Argentina Sat AM so if it does rain again tonight I might as well stop here than go to the ground and pretend to be King Canute. (Is it C or K ?)

Chris
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eddyinfreehold
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Chris. No not McGaffs, Dennis B***field who originally supplied the machine. McGaffs are both excellent and intelligent.

I'm afraid we probably have more rain coming. It's pointless us covering anything now as my sheets will only stick to the water on top then sink.

It's King (Chris) Knut I believe. I can see you now.

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AndyGroundo
Posted 9 Sep 2011
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We here in Shrewsbury seem to have missed any rain for months.

From March to the end of August we have had 178mm of rainfall.

Compare that to the same period in;

2010 270mm
2009 306mm
2008 378mm
2007 455mm
2006 281mm

I could go on.

Needless to say if you cannot irrigate your grass its brown and hard.
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Chris Thornton
Posted 9 Sep 2011
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He not busy being born is busy dying!!

"Yer can talk of yer 'istries and yer legends to boot
But there's nowt to compare with the tale of Canute
As 'ee sat next t' sea, with the tide coming in
And 'ee thowt 'ee could tell waves to utch up fer 'im"

Brown grass?? What's that??
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EDDIE G
Posted 9 Sep 2011 Last edited: 9 Sep 2011
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Here in Worcestershire it been the dryest summer since 1976. so im told.
Eddie.
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RedexR
Posted 9 Sep 2011 Last edited: 9 Sep 2011
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Bordering on the insane

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Speaking to various people in my area of the country it's all been very regionalised until very recently , sometimes down to an area of 20 miles or so , up on the plains as Paul Daniels would say "not a lot" , but in some areas it's been good n' green , if you were camping in the West Country you might have actually started to grow gills in August , I think we actually had an Indian Spring instead of Summer , all in all no two "Summers" have been similar for a fair few years now , and it's all making us quite grumpy , a real dogs dinner of a Summer for Harvey.
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Zippy
Posted 9 Sep 2011 Last edited: 9 Sep 2011
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Very interesting reading the contrasting opinions about this year's summer and the differing amounts of rainfall.

Up here in North Yorkshire (Ripon area), the first 7 weeks of the season were rain free and to be honest too dry especially given the extreme winter, June was ok, July started to get wet, August was a complete washout and September has only been slightly better, but the made worse by the forecasters getting it wrong on a daily basis.

Any way we soldier on (been doing this job 20 yrs) and just glad this is the final week of the season and am ahead with my renovation plans.

Will look forward to a stress free Saturday next week on the golf course.
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eddyinfreehold
Posted 12 Sep 2011
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If you follow the link, everyones comments are pretty much borne out by the rainfall anomaly maps from the met office, so Salop and Worcs come out dry, we were wet but not exceptionally, and Mario copped it big time. It's interesting to look anyway. The March and April maps are probably the most exceptional.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/anomacts/
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Zippy
Posted 12 Sep 2011
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Eddie - Thanks for that link, fascinating stuff.
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Tricky dicky
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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Oh its just a bit of rain Tony!, you should be used to it now!

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tonybolton
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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Still raining

Our Sri Lankan Pro asked me if it was the Monsoon season. Did you ever get that stand on seeder Richard, if so post a few pictures.
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AndyGroundo
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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Brown Grass

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e147/hhshrew257/Shropshire-20110913-00250.jpg

Only way I could put a picture on here was a link to my photobucket site.
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petermarkcraig
Posted 13 Sep 2011 Last edited: 13 Sep 2011
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Of course the grass looks good. The sun is shining.

I cannot recommend this website enough. The accuracy of the rainfall radar meant I could predict exactly what to excpect and it rained exactly when I thought it would.
I paid £2.99 to upgrade to premium and it was worth every penny.

http://www.raintoday.co.uk/
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Tricky dicky
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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Hi Tony

No i finished up buying a 1.5m power harrow with attached seeder unit, does a bril job
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eddyinfreehold
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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Peter, completely agree with you. Raintoday has been my major influence for 3 years now.

The image I posted above is captured from Raintoday. It is only the same radar data the met office use but better rendered and more up to date. It is the greatest and most useful site I employ 5 times a day for everything, from what I am going to do to telling which of my children to take an umbrella or coat on their 2 mile walk to school.

We have 3 or 4 players with these iPhone things that can get on to it during the afternoon. It has gained us promotion because of two rain events we knew were leaving and we had time to repair. It also indicated on one event there was no point even considering carrying on. I have flabbergasted more than one umpire this year and it wasn't me, it was intelligent use of Raintoday.

Sadly, seeing the three massive showers on Raintoday incoming at 3 o'clock this afternoon, I brought my washing in before all the ladies on the street who were caught out in style. Ha!
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Chris Thornton
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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He not busy being born is busy dying!!

Have used it all season but umpires don't take a blind bit of notice:- Last Sat it was dryish at start time and they insisted we started on time at 1230. I said to wait 10/15 Min's but no so I pulled the covers into the corner. 3 overs later the rain on the radar got to us so we put 'em on and I pi....ed off in disgust saying that that was the end of it, and it was.

Almost same thing this Sat in that I said that the match wouldn't finish and the rain after 4 pm would finish the game and it did.

Snot always correct though Eddy but I aint complaining!

Chris
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Pat Skires
Posted 13 Sep 2011
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We played our last 1st team game on Saturday on a pudding. Square and outfield lush. Loads of rain in last month. We do play up a mountain.


"Yer can talk of yer 'istries and yer legends to boot
But there's nowt to compare with the tale of Canute
As 'ee sat next t' sea, with the tide coming in
And 'ee thowt 'ee could tell waves to utch up fer 'im"


On a nerdy note ... That King knew he couldn't turn the tide back. He was tired of his people thinking he was even more powerful than God. So to show them that he wasn't he arranged the farce with the tide.

I'll get me coat !
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Chris Thornton
Posted 14 Sep 2011
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He not busy being born is busy dying!!

Yep.
This is the chorus from an Oldham Tinkers song about the owd lad.
Cricketers seem to think that we, plus our ro ro covers, can do a similar job as the owd kings knaves thought he could do with the tide.
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petermarkcraig
Posted 14 Sep 2011
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Of course the grass looks good. The sun is shining.

........Cricketers seem to think that we, plus our ro ro covers, can do a similar job as the owd kings knaves thought he could do with the tide.


.................which we clearly canute.



Goes to the same cloakroom as Pat!
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Pat Skires
Posted 15 Sep 2011
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Helps Petermarkcraig on with his coat !

( I quite liked it lol )
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tonybolton
Posted 15 Sep 2011
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Still raining

I like the ebb and flow of this thread
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jlawrence
Posted 15 Sep 2011
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Of course there's no bounce, bend your back and put some bloody effort in.

Rain, what's rain. All we've had this year is torrential down pours. It'll hammer it down for an hour and then out comes the sun. Any chance of getting any work done is gone.
We had our last game last Saturday, track was soft after the rain during the week. Everything was going great until 4pm when out of no where the heavens opened. Within 20 minutes there was no chance of any further play. As my game was a league match I'd taken the roro's onto the 2nd ground. For once they did their job, the track stayed dry. But the rest of the square was under at least half inch of water - there simply wasn't time to get any sheets on.
We were the only ones who got the rain, one whole season wasted by 20 minutes of bloody weather. At least we were promoted, but a win would have seen us champs.
17 weeks of effort to be at the top of the table trashed in 20 minutes.
I think I was in the bar for at least an hour before anyone dared even speak to me.
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tonybolton
Posted 15 Sep 2011
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Still raining

Good to see we're all on the same wave length
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eddyinfreehold
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2011 sept rainfall again
Right, now I know it's personal and we're entering into the realms of the bizarre. 1st team skipper pnoned me at teatime after he'd finished work. He said the ground was a lake and he could see my track painted up under 2" water. To boot there were 3 escaped chickens bathing on the square. Seriously. I had prepped this morning and dug a sump between the two low points on the square in anticipation of the forecast rain. My sump is now a trip hazard.

The last of the massive storm that hit N Lancs is shown here from the radar heading east a couple of hours later. So who's playing tomorrow?
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mario
Posted 16 Sep 2011
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I know no boundaries.

It's been tipping down for a couple of hours now up here, fortunately, we're finished for this season and the renovations were completed a week ago.

You always know when the rough-stuff is about to come as the seagulls, who would normally be down at the beach/harbour, are all sitting on the outfield.
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tonybolton
Posted 16 Sep 2011
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Still raining

Sounds a bit Cantona'ish Mario, all the best up there in the harsh North, just another week before I've finished all my renovations, weather permitting.
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eddyinfreehold
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We had 3 American gulls in Morecambe this week, Sabines Gulls on their way from the high Arctic to South America. Hurricane Katia brought them to us for a few days. They have to recross the Atlantic to get home. Gulls eh? Stormy weather :-) .

http://www.lancasterbirdwatching.org.uk/forum/read.php?4,36507

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tonybolton
Posted 16 Sep 2011
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Still raining

Eddy are you an ornithologist or do just like bird watching.
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Minormorris64
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What goes around, comes around

We have actually had rain this morning , but I was given a bit of light relief, 2nds were supposed to be at home today, opposition conceded on Thursday only had 7 players because their 1sts were short of players...........so hopefully a win for us against their 1sts , we are 3 points off promotion and in 3rd at the moment then play 2nd place at our place next week.......and because its the last away game of the season today it is 'beer bus' day then last home friendly tomorrow.
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eddyinfreehold
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We have actually had another 33mm since 2pm yesterday ! Unbelievable. If we did play football on the outfield, the match would be called off. Standing water everywhere. Last game of the season is washed out already so it's x fingers we'll be dry enough by Tuesday to start renovations.
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Pat Skires
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Nowt like a good whinge ...

Trying to cut the outfield this week has been hilarious ... heavy dew until past midday ... you just get going and it pours down.

So it is cut ... but in the wet so doesn't look pretty.

Last game of the season today. 2's at home.

Square is so lush that the hollow tines will go well in. Today's pitch will need watering as that is quite firm ( been covered and worked on for 2 weeks ). Heavy rain forecast for next few days so no need for the hose.

1st team were relegated last week so nothing to play for in today's game which is away. The team we are playing need to win to stand a chance to go up.

( Don't tell anyone I checked ... but their skipper is averaging 11.2 with the ball and I'm averaging 11.5 ... those averages are presently top of the league's bowling averages ... so I do have a chance to sneak past him today ). I don't do gonks. If I win it I probably won't even go and collect it.

Sad thing is I suppose is that he and I are 50. Kim Barnett is 3rd in the averages and he is 51. To be fair there are younger lads who have taken more wickets but have also bowled more overs. Old heads eh !

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jlawrence
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Of course there's no bounce, bend your back and put some bloody effort in.

My main outfield looks none too good at the moment. Had rain pretty much every day for the last week. It was 7 days since it was last cut and had got to the stage that it was getting cut regardless of situation - in places it must have been 2 inches long. Looks a right state now, but needs must and all that. Only the inter club 6's tomorrow and a county over 60's on Tuesday then I'm done.

Peter, does that website give you a forward looking radar or do you have to guesstimate from the way that the rain is moving ?
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mario
Posted 17 Sep 2011
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I know no boundaries.

Jon,

To me the differences between the Met Office and Raintoday are that the radar images, even if you don't pay extra to upgrade to premium, are taken in 15 minute increments as opposed to every half hour up to the present time which the Met gives.

By paying £25.00 a year or £2.99 per month and upgrading you get the benefit of images taken every 5 minutes and a projected forecast 3 hours in advance.

I can see me subscribing for next season.
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jlawrence
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Of course there's no bounce, bend your back and put some bloody effort in.

I reckon I'll be subscribing to that as well Mario. Actually could be quite useful for the winter as well - it'd be nice to know that I could get the outfields cut without getting wet ;)
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GRG
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Get in by Thursday JL, we will then know what the chances are for your place on Saturday.
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mario
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I know no boundaries.

Agree, could be handy here for the snow, although I get a clue from being unable to open the front door in the morning!
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eddyinfreehold
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In the winter if you pay, Raintoday differentiates between rain and snow. It is a truly brilliant website.

My favourite example was when I couldn't be at the ground 2 years ago but phoned the skipper and told him to get the covers ready. He and everyone else thought I was mad as we had clear blue skies. 5 minutes later a massive thunderstorm came over the hill and drenched everyone. Raintoday really is that good.
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eddyinfreehold
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Tony I am an amateur ornithologist who does some studies for the British Trust for Ornithology, mostly on urban species like Swift and Starling. I also enjoy birdwatching.

For the record I am unaware of a ball bowled between Chorley and Kendal today. We've had 38mm of rain in the last 18 hours and 8mm in the 24 hrs previously in Lancaster. That is on top of saturated ground. My daughter rows on the Lune and her landing station was more than 4 feet underwater. God help the renovations.



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Pat Skires
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Well ... a poor end to a poor season.

Their ground looked fantastic. They needed to win to get promotion.

They hit 208 for 6 dec off 40. I should never have looked at those averages ... I bowled like a drain and got 2 for a million.

We were 63 for 1 when the monsoon came. I felt really sorry for their lads as they worked their hearts out for about 2 hours drying up. As soon as they got it playable it poured down again.

So they didn't go up.

The club I'd originally signed for this year also went down ( we were relegated last week ). So just call me Jonah.

Ah well. Glad it's all done and that was my first year on a Mendip square for 20 odd years. It actually played ok but it's now time to get the hollow core out and get some heavier loam on.
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Cricket11
Posted 23 Sep 2011 Last edited: 23 Sep 2011
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Cricket in my part of the West of Scotland (just south of Glasgow) was a bit of a non-event this year. 1st team played eleven Saturday matches all season and the 2nd's eight.

Avg. Rainfall (Glasgow Airport) April to August
2009 - 494mm
2010 – 331mm
2011 – 909mm

It’s not stopped raining this month either. I suspect when records are available September will break the 250mm mark. I have managed two half days on the ground in the last four weeks but next to b all by way of rectification. (Possibly just as well we only used five strips all season).

Picture taken Monday this week is typical.

With night time temperatures now dropping I suspect I will now have to wait to spring to do any re-seeding as at the moment even if I could get it down it would wash away.

In 10 years of looking after the ground and 20 years playing back in these parts I have never known anything like it. Man the lifeboats!
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mario
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I know no boundaries.

Nah...you'll have to give me a bigger clue as to which ground I'm afraid.
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eddyinfreehold
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Cricket11, I know exactly how you feel. We've been very wet but not quite as wet as that. I had to make three attempts to renovate this week. My first scarifications were washed away before I could collect. Same with the second in style. 2 days later it was dry enough to attempt it again. Got it cleaned on Thursday though had to tiptoe so as not to squash the lines. Normally I have help with renos but this was a working day and noone else around. Started at 8.30 with seed and brushing. It drizzled for an hour but I got the bags out and waited. Dry enough by 11 to start and I was finished by 3, laddered and matted and roped it off. Steve Wright was playing "I can see clearly now, the rain has gone" as I split the last bag. Ha. Weekend off. It's raining again so my decision justified.
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jlawrence
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Of course there's no bounce, bend your back and put some bloody effort in.

to answer my own question. Yes, you do get a forecast radar for the next 3 hours. Very handy it is too.
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AndyGroundo
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Still no rain to talk of here is Salop.

Last week in September, 23C today, wall to wall sunshine.

Projected high for Friday 26C and still no rain forecast into next week.

Continuous watering of the training pitch at the stadium, just to maintain a surface soft enough to train on.

The only plus, keeping the tan topped up!!!!!!!
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Minormorris64
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What goes around, comes around

I can confirm that in South Shropshire it is resembling some spanish holiday resort in early season

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GRG
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Grass germinating in under a week. Will need cutting early next.
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jlawrence
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Of course there's no bounce, bend your back and put some bloody effort in.

Things are going crazy here - outfield is growing like there's no tomorrow.
Nice rain over night almost every night and glorious sunshine during the day. If my main square isn't showing signs of germination by the end of the week I'll be stunned.
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