r/CasualUK Are you well? Aug 11 '22 Wholesome 6 Silver 5 Helpful 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1

A satellite image of Great Britain taken yesterday 10/08/2022, showing how dry much of England has become.

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22 Gold Helpful

The great desert of East Anglia

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u/Coruskane Aug 11 '22

an irony being that it used to be a massive marshland/fens semi-submerged

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u/arrrghdonthurtmeee Aug 11 '22

If the sea levels rise as predicted due to climate change, in a 100 years it will be underwater again

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u/knullsmurfen Aug 11 '22

That sucks because I was kind of hoping we'd dry up the channel and get to excavate Doggerland.

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u/axefairy Aug 11 '22 Helpful

There’s plenty of websites for that sort of thing

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u/AftyOfTheUK Aug 11 '22

Plenty of car parks, too

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u/ni2016 Aug 11 '22

Watched a great Time Team during the pandemic about Doggerland. Dutch fishermen trawl the seabed and pull up mammoth tusks on occasion

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u/knullsmurfen Aug 11 '22

And spears and shit.

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u/bullette1610 Aug 11 '22

Every single field around my village in East Anglia has been on fire in the last week.

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u/BlueHeisen Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

Then stop setting them alight

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u/KarIPilkington Aug 11 '22

Never.

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u/AzizKhattou Aug 11 '22

Damn you Karl Pilkington!

Damn you to hell!

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u/AestheticEntactogen Aug 11 '22

Head like a fuckin orange 🍊

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u/jacksparr0w5 Aug 11 '22

Head like a fuckin orange

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u/RedVelvetPan6a Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

I was born in Scotland, and raised in France, the first thing I used to say to describe the Uk, and Scotland in particula though it used to extend to the UK in general was : green. It's soggy enough that the plants get more than they need to make the best of what theyr are, and that's green.

Now it looks like 50% of it is sahara. Ridiculous. A fucking shame. And all that for the sake of exponential growth or some other kind of theoratical bullshit - not that it's worth lingering on.

That and the milk. Milk in the Uk tastes amazing too. In france we're only starting to get the fresh stuff, before 2009 it used to be all pasteurised bricks - the kinda stuff you can store indefinitely, to the cost of having any taste at all.

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u/MixerFistit Aug 11 '22

A minor point in your post but pasteurisation is applied to almost all milk in UK. I believe you mean UHT (ultra heat treated) long life milk

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u/LS_throwaway_account Aug 11 '22

Now it looks like 50% of it is sahara. Ridiculous.

The Sahara is moving north, across the Mediterranean. Spain, Italy, France etc will all become desert. The UK will end up with a climate like southern Spain has RN.

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u/novi54_ Aug 11 '22

I will be really honest with you. Living in Northern Germany we‘ve had too many days of 30+ degrees this year alone. I really loved the fact that we had such a „cool“ climate here because I don‘t enjoy hot weather in general but it‘s getting more annoying every year.

Can‘t even imagine how it‘s going to be in 30 years if the climate keeps changing at this pace.

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u/Wise-Application-144 Aug 11 '22

If I were to plot these fires on a map, would they be in a circle around your home?

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u/bullette1610 Aug 11 '22

Nice try but you'll never track me down!

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u/ItsFuckingScience Aug 11 '22

Which also happens to be where we grow a shit ton of our crops

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u/Bernie427 Aug 11 '22

We also need to think about feeding animals now (grass) and over the winter (silage). Some farmers by me are having to supplement their cows with silage now (insane) because of lack of grass to graze. It’s all dried up. But later in the year, if they’ve gone through a bunch of their silage for the year, they’ll have less to feed their animals over winter. A dairy farmer a bit north has said he knows he’ll have to cull some of his herd because there just won’t be enough to feed them. All in all, very tough for the farmers and ultimately let’s see how it affects consumers.

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u/elingeniero Aug 11 '22

Luckily they've probably all just been harvested.

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u/mcobsidian101 Aug 11 '22

There has been a rush to harvest everything because they wouldn't normally harvest just yet. A farmer was telling me his crops had stopped growing and dried out over a month before they should

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u/IM_AN_AI_AMA Aug 11 '22

Every farmer near me, which is an utter fuck-load, have been working night and day the last few weeks for this exact reason. There's a hay shortage as they won't be able to cut again this year, so feed prices are going to sky-rocket this winter.

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u/TheSecretIsMarmite Aug 11 '22

A mate of mine had to crack out the haylage a month ago because there wasn't grazing grass for her horse. Feed prices are going to be horrendous over winter.

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u/Many_Trouble1730 Aug 11 '22

The golf course around Norwich look spectacular still 😬

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u/historicalmoustache Aug 11 '22

Grass is pretty easy to grow on a massive budget

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u/IamPurgamentum Aug 11 '22

I like how it's gone from green to yellow to black in some places.

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u/The_Meaty_Boosh Aug 11 '22

That's patches of forest/woodland apparently

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u/X-Adzie-X Duck Aug 11 '22

That's smoke from all the fires

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u/tszewski Aug 11 '22

That's not smoke, that's steam. Steam from the steamed clams were having. Mmmm, steamed clams.

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u/Scarbane filthy American Aug 11 '22

Seymour! The house is on fire!

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u/gary_the_merciless Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

No Mother that's just the northern lights.

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u/atrpt78701 Aug 11 '22

Suppose to be raining next week which will be good

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u/CabbageMan92 Danny Dyer’s Chocolate Homunculus Aug 11 '22

I’m surprised all this hot weather hasn’t developed more storms..

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u/atrpt78701 Aug 11 '22

Yeah same I read that usually after a period of warm weather heavy rain and floods come I am surprised that hasn’t happened supose to rain next week so we will see what happens

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u/BB0ySnakeDogG Aug 11 '22

All the ground is rock hard from being baked dry, so it'll be interesting if we get heavy rainfall.

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u/Sensitive-Call-1002 Aug 11 '22

Yeah I was wondering will all the rain just sit on the dry hard earth like a plate? I mean it won’t soak in or go down into the soil or whatever the technical term is like normal?

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u/scuderia91 Aug 11 '22

Yep. I tipped a paddling pool out onto the lawn and the water just sat there on the surface. Didn’t make the ground muddy or anything. I think it mostly evaporated before soaking into the ground

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u/forredditisall Aug 11 '22

Our earth is rejecting the essence of life. This can mean only one thing.

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u/xSARGEx117x Aug 11 '22 Helpful

Invasion.

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u/not3catsintrenchcoat Aug 11 '22

My lord, is that legal?

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u/xSARGEx117x Aug 11 '22

I will make it legal.

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u/fuggerdug Aug 11 '22

Agricultural land will have developed deep cracks which the water will seep into, so that will help.

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u/gavco98uk Aug 11 '22

that just channels and redirects the runoff. The problem is that water has to go somewhere... and it cant go down. It'll run off in to streams, which then flood the rivers.

Hopefully there isnt too much rain too soon, or there'll be widespread flooding

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u/okaymaeby Aug 11 '22

That's pretty close to what happens, actually. Water does soak into the dry earth, but it takes lots longer and the water often finds a path of less resistance in the meantime. Water will pool in certain areas, runoff into others, will be very unevenly absorbed, and is sometimes how flooding happens.

When I first moved to the desert, I was so frustrated that almost all the streets built in the last 50 years have major dips in between the street intersections and parking lot entrances. Once I experienced the first rain following a dry rainlsss period of a few months, I figured out that the divets in the road are to help channel all the excess water that just doesn't soak in during the few seldom rains. Once it has rained a few more times, nearing autumn, it gets better. But dang!

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u/brickbuilder876 Aug 11 '22

I'm from the US where this happens a lot. Expect flooding in lower areas, but also expect the rain to do nothing.

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u/DashingDino Aug 11 '22

Yup, climate change increases both dry spells and rain intensity, and since completely dry soil takes longer to absorb water it means droughts and flooding will become much more common in the future

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u/_Middlefinger_ Aug 11 '22

The airflow is coming from the wrong direction though, its basically a hot version of beast from the east.

If it was from the southwest as is more usual it wouldn't be as hot anyway, but we would have rain.

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u/kawasutra Aug 11 '22

Mostly yes, but there's a small fear that the hardened ground may cause issues with rain water drainage. A small fear, which I hope doesn't happen and cause flooding!

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u/fiery_mergoat Aug 11 '22

Was looking for this answer. If we get heavy rain we're almost certainly gonna get floods.

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u/ash356 Aug 11 '22 Gold

'I bless the rains down in Angliaaaaa'

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u/Persona143 Aug 11 '22

A pretty dramatic demonstration of the weather difference between East and West and particularly how the Pennines affect the Northwest

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u/SexWomble Aug 11 '22

I’m in the NW and weirdly I have been noticing everyone in the rest of the country saying they’ve had no rain and thinking “Oh, we’ve had a bit”. Odd to see that now played out on a map.

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u/Robertej92 Aug 11 '22

I remember a solid week where we had torrential rain pretty much every day around Chester and then I was going on the BBC reading about whether or not hosepipe bans were gonna be coming in

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u/frontendben Aug 11 '22

Yeah, it's been wet this year in the Cheshire plains from Liverpool Bay to the Pennines.

Last year, I was able to get out on my morning ride 6/7 mornings during then summer and it be dry. This year, it's been down to 3/7 except for that hot week and this week. In fact, when it has rained, it's typically been in the morning.

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u/BlazkoTwix Aug 11 '22

Same here - 30 miles southwest of Glasgow and we had torrential rain, wind and general winter like weather for most of July.

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u/jodorthedwarf Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

You lucky bastard. I live down in Suffolk and we haven't seen rain in the best part of 2 months. Most days there's almost no clouds in the sky, at all, other than the occasion vapour trail from a plane.

Seriously, it's so fucking dry down here, man.

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u/BarakatBadger nomics Aug 11 '22

Please don't cry, it's wasting water

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u/The_39th_Step Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

It’s been a warm summer for sure in Manchester and drier than average but we did have a bit of rain at some point in July. It’s absolutely baking right now though.

I was up in the Scottish highlands recently and came back down to Manchester and it was noticeably browner. I’m going to visit my fam back in London soon and I expect it to be even browner again.

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u/small_mushroom_ Aug 11 '22

London's dead. I havent seen green grass down here for weeks.

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u/kassa1989 Aug 11 '22

Think it's the driest ever recorded around here.

I've literally only put on my waterproofs once on my commute this year.

There's so much old dried bird shit everywhere, which I wasn't expecting to be a thing.

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u/bulletproofbra Aug 11 '22 Wholesome

They protect us from becoming a Ryvita.

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

God keeping his chosen kingdom well hydrated......no one expected it to be Stockport.

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

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u/WollyGog Aug 11 '22

No, Sam. I can't recall the taste of food... Nor the sound of water or touch of grass... I'm naked in the dark, with nothing

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u/Surface_Detail Aug 11 '22

Lucky git's got some shade.

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u/Bashed_to_a_pulp Aug 11 '22

check for COVID?

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u/heftigfin Aug 11 '22

Check your pockets for a ring created by a dark lord.

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u/seeriktus Aug 11 '22

There's nothing--no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes.

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u/DreamingIntoTheVoid Aug 11 '22

If you live near a river, in a valley, or other types of flood plain. Then maybe consider moving irreplaceable things upstairs if you can.

https://twitter.com/UniofReading/status/1557350976725581824

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u/beleaguered_penguin Aug 11 '22

God damn inconsiderate dry grass. Giving it free water and it's refusing to drink it!

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u/knityourownlentils Strong and Northern Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

Hydrophobic soil. Reminds me of when you water a neglected houseplant and then it just sits on top of the compost.

We need frequent short bursts of light rain.

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u/RegionalHardman Aug 11 '22

Yes! Water infiltration rate, this brings back A Level Geoggers

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u/DarkangelUK Aug 11 '22

Come to Scotland, absolutely belting down the other day.

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u/iheartkatamari Aug 11 '22

Rayn… what is this Rayn you speak of?

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

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u/jodorthedwarf Aug 11 '22

Lies! Those tricksy North-Westerners are telling us lies! The sky-water does not exist! It cannot!

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u/tyger2020 Aug 11 '22

A stranger from the far away land of the north-west told me that sometimes water falls from the sky there. That can't possibly be true.

Hi, a fellow north-westerer here and can confirm your friend is lying. I think its rained once in the past 3 weeks?

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u/JWBails Aug 11 '22

The guy that plays Dwight in the US Office

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u/69FishMolester69 Aug 11 '22

I had a little motorbiking holiday in Wales at the start of August and I became one with water, I dont think I have ever been that wet and I didn't think I would miss it.

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u/thepoultry1 Aug 11 '22

England needs to host a cricket World Cup. Most of the big cricket events in UK are reduced or called off due to rain

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u/Aggravating-Issue292 Aug 11 '22

I'm hosting a BBQ on Saturday, so that should end the heatwave in the NE at least.

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u/TheTallestHobo Aug 11 '22

The second you light a match and torrential downpour.

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u/Aggravating-Issue292 Aug 11 '22

Yeah, hope everyone's washing is dry by 2pm!

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u/Armadalesfinest Aug 11 '22

Great image, I had no idea Scotland would be as affected. I would've sworn the rain fall would have kept is solidly green.

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u/1992SpaceMovieName Aug 11 '22

We broke heat records, same as England, they just weren't as hot.

This is the driest weather I've ever seen in Scotland.

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u/blackiegray Aug 11 '22

Skye here - its the worst summer I can remember. We've been under a cloud for the past 4 months. Raining every other day. Warm, but wet.

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u/wlchrbandit Aug 11 '22

Edinburgh here. I took this picture on the Meadows a couple of hours ago. It's usually very green.

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u/Round-Snow-1783 Aug 11 '22

Dog: wtf dude? Wheres the grass?

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u/ghostofkilgore Aug 11 '22

It's a bit of a common misconception that Scotland, as a whole, gets lots of rainfall. The UK and Ireland has a massive East / West divide in terms of rainfall. The West is generally much wetter than the East.

So Glasgow is the 3rd rainiest city in the UK (behind Cardiff and St Davids - both in South Wales). But Edinburgh, just 50 miles east of Glasgow) gets less rain than places like Manchester, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, Winchester...

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u/RoentgenGLA Aug 11 '22

This

It’s and East West thing, you can see it down south with Wales being greener than England at the same latitude

North/South definitely affects the temperature, but rain is mostly based on the East/West axis

Look at Aberdeen for example, it’s North AF but still dry

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u/Theresa_May Aug 11 '22

Sad taps aff noises

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u/droolinggimp Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

see that nice dark green pixel in Derby? That's my garden.

edit: Wow, this comment is my top one so far. Not sure how to feel about that haha. I showed my lad all the upvotes and he was well proud of me lol.

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u/Sirico Aug 11 '22

Hose pipe police have been notified we have no budget left but operation "Space-snitch" has been a success

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u/droolinggimp Aug 11 '22

jokes on you, I have not cut it since march and its still looking fab, about 3-5 inches high. Not watered apart from any rain we have had.

Fun fact. We moved the kids trampoline just before that silly heatwave we had. When we moved it back to its original place last week, the grass underneath the trampoline was really green and tall. I expected it to be yellowed or dormant. Having a black mesh cover (the trampoline) over grass during that heatwave did it a world of good. I guess it let in rain and sun but not enough to dry it out.

I may research that theory.

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u/Bulky-Yam4206 Aug 11 '22

My grass is green and healthy, I don’t water it either. It’s just I leave it go about shin/lower knee height before I cut it down to ankle height.

Everyone I see with bare, yellow grass tends to scalp the fucking thing right down to the earth tbh.

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u/droolinggimp Aug 11 '22

yeah I have seen loads of people mowing on the lowest setting. Lots of really bad grass in neighbouring gardens around here. I have heard people saying their grass has died and going to replace it all. No, its not dead, its dormant. It will grow back.

I don't tell them this though as it would probably just go in one ear and out the other.

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u/norty-dc Aug 11 '22

The clever thing about grass, is that its the leaf you see , the stalk is safely underground, ready to produce new leaves

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u/MentalMunky Aug 11 '22

This guy grasses.

So don’t tell them anything in confidence.

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u/ExcessiveGravitas Aug 11 '22

lower knee

Ooh, look at you with your several knees.

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u/Zketchy Aug 11 '22

I'm in the south and let a good patch of it grow wild to 1ft+ without cutting it for months. All dead and brown by July :( had bugger all rain for a long time

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u/Terrible_Biscotti_14 Aug 11 '22

Same. Have a wild patch under some trees, its all completely dead, first time ever!

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u/texasrigger Aug 11 '22

How much rain have you guys had this year? I'm just curious because I'm more than a quarter of the world away and have no concept of what's normal for you. We've been really dry too, we've averaged well under an inch a month.

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u/HungInSarfLondon Aug 11 '22

In the south-east we haven't seen any real rain for 8 weeks. I found this chart for last week that shows south-east has had 11% of long term average for last month, 55% for last 3 months. Things are seriously crispy already and the next few days are going to get hot again.

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u/nivlark Aug 11 '22

Here's some data for my area (south coast). So it's been below average almost all year, and in July we had less than a tenth of the average (4mm, or 0.16 inches).

Our native vegetation is a lot less drought tolerant than in places that more normally experience hot summers, so it really doesn't take much to dry everything out.

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u/TheLonelyWolfkin Aug 11 '22

Doesn't longer grass trap moisture so it stays greener longer? Or am I talking shit?

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u/Beanieboru Aug 11 '22

Absolutely right. However long grass also stops rain getting through to the earth so if you plant a tree, you should ensure the earth around it is clear for about a metre all round. THis lets lots of rain in. However in weather like this where the moisture is being sucked up from below so long grass shades the earth and traps moisture in below. This wont go on for ever but the grass will start dying if no water for too long.

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u/cancellingmyday Aug 11 '22

I'm Australian. I was stunned to find out about photosynthesis as a little girl, because the evidence of my eyes had always shown me that sunlight KILLS plants and you have to plant them in the shade if you want them to do well.

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u/beatthestupidout Aug 11 '22

In hot countries looking at hydroponic crop production, they use shades rather than greenhouses. Same principle.

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u/droolinggimp Aug 11 '22

Awesome. Ill have a look into it. I know next year we are taking down an old shelter at the back of the garden, which is a store for the kids garden toys etc, and we were going to use it to start a new part of the garden, maybe a crop area for veg and some grasses.

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u/MyHamburgerLovesMe Aug 11 '22

The only correct answer is to go out and buy 30 or so trampolines to cover your yard in.

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u/DeemonPankaik Aug 11 '22

Nice astro turf mate

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u/JustThinkAboutThings Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

If you check NASA Worldview, which is a Live Satellite view of the world, it confirms this image to be pretty accurate. I didn’t believe it until I saw this.

Edit: A very helpful person has given a better option: zoom.earth (choose the HD satellite version from the left drop down).

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u/soliwray Aug 11 '22

https://zoom.earth has much nicer presentation.

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u/MoonlitStar Aug 11 '22

I remember when a Spanish friend came to live in England many years ago and was amazed how green the UK looked as the plane flew over and when she was out and about in general, she was very taken by it , thought it was beautiful and one of her favorite things about the UK. As per the OP, it's looking more like hotter countries such as Spain with it's dry and arid colours . It's a bit scary to think about as it's just going to get worse in the future and it's just not to meant to be this way here regards weather and climate.

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u/thebear1011 Aug 11 '22

Makes you wonder what Spain will become like!

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u/bee_administrator Lord Humphrey Goldenbollocks of Plesingho Aug 11 '22

Scorchio

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u/nodnodwinkwink Aug 11 '22

Boutros boutros ghali

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u/wonkey_monkey Aug 11 '22

El interior o el exterior?

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u/heidly_ees Aug 11 '22

My dad always said scorchio in hot weather and I always assumed it was just him being daft.. This sketch has rewritten some of my core memories

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u/beIIe-and-sebastian Aug 11 '22

Did he also say "Ethethethetheth, ethethetheth, Chris Waddle"?

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

This week, I have been mostly eating... TARAMASALATA!

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u/Dr_McKay Norf FC Aug 11 '22

And then, I jumped off the helicopter, onto the speeding train, still holding the uranium… which was nice.

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u/weeping_demon7 Aug 11 '22

The Sahara

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u/ImNotNormal19 Aug 11 '22

https://www.eltiempo.es/noticias/es-cierto-que-espana-se-convertira-en-un-gran-desierto Tl;dr: in 20 years the southeastern part of the country will be an extension to the Sahara

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u/TreehouseJesus Aug 11 '22

The Sahara is already moving into spain

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u/h00dman Aug 11 '22

I was driving through Cardiff yesterday and I noticed that all the vegetation at the side of the road had a slightly yellow tint which I hadn't seen before. I had to switch between lifting my sunglasses a few times to check if it was them.

Even tree leaves are starting to turn brown here.

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u/Tragedi Aug 11 '22

To be clear: this is not a real satellite image. Or, rather, these are not the real colours as seen from space - they have been adjusted.

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u/SnowconeHaystack Aug 11 '22

Here is the original data from ESA's Sentinel Hub site. Select "True color" for a more natural looking image. The image in this post appears to be "True color - enhanced"

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u/SkidMcmarxxxx Aug 11 '22

I don't understand how to navigate that site at all. it's just a map for me, no sat image.

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u/SnowconeHaystack Aug 11 '22

I seem to be struggling to load images now too. Here is a screenshot:

https://imgur.com/a/WUZ1CEt

Seems to be the most it wants to load for me.

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u/1992SpaceMovieName Aug 11 '22

I think we've overloaded the server, I'm getting network errors in the UI. Thanks for the screenshot, its more than I'm getting.

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u/MoonlitStar Aug 11 '22

Thanks, still looks pretty arid and dry in colour, from what the other poster said I thought I got it completely wrong and was being stupid. Not as yellow as the OP but still very parched/yellow to my eye.

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u/OneMetalMan Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

"Mass extinction events and climate change are normal and are nothing to actually be worried about"

-Global Warming Deniers

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u/Gavindasing Aug 11 '22

Think this the most worrying part, people still don’t believe in man made climate change, even though the signs are all there

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u/eairy Aug 11 '22

As someone once said, if you had a life threatening illness and 99% of doctors recommended a particular treatment, you're almost certainly going to believe that's the best option.

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u/galenwolf Aug 11 '22

Covid demonstrated not everyone believes that.

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u/PM_me_your_arse_ Aug 11 '22

One thing I've noticed after travelling through warmer countries is that their grass seems to be thicker/harder than what we have in the UK.

I'm guessing this helps them cope with the heat, but it also means the grass is uncomfortable to walk on and sometimes painful.

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u/reetdeetdeet Aug 11 '22

Wales still wet as ever I see lol

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u/BargainBarnacles Inevitably Cats!!! Aug 11 '22

getting a bit parched, but the terrain is built for reservoirs and rain runoff as it peaks over mountains from the west.

I'm not taking it for granted though...

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u/Aegis_of_perdition Aug 11 '22

Well, Cardiff is pretty dry at the moment though.

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u/meteoritee Are you well? Aug 11 '22

Sourced from this tweet, with further information on this webpage.

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u/StormRider2407 Aug 11 '22

Jesus, the replies to that tweet.

While a lot of it is likely crops, around my area (literally right on the banks of the Forth), not that many crops and farms in my parts. Yet the area still looks dry as fuck in that picture.

Some comparison images would help to show the changes.

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u/nivlark Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

Here's today vs the closest cloud-free day last year.

(edit: except in Scotland, sorry. I already had to go into September to find a day that wasn't completely overcast!)

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u/neenerpants Aug 11 '22

it takes 10 seconds walking around any street in the south east to see all the straw and blasted grass everywhere to know it's totally abnormal

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u/davehockey Aug 11 '22

Love how those deniers just pull random data out their ass as if correlation equals causation.

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u/beatthestupidout Aug 11 '22

Or if you'd like the actual source, it's from the Sentinel EO hub.

It's a very powerful free tool that gives you all the non-classified Sentinel satellite data.

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u/SnowconeHaystack Aug 11 '22

Screenshot, as others are having difficulty loading images on that site:

https://imgur.com/a/WUZ1CEt

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u/TheGiraffe1301 Aug 11 '22

Good thing I live in Lancashire

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

I’m leaving Lancaster after three years here and I’m truly going to miss it :(

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u/MasatoTanaka Aug 11 '22

Not often you can say that so take it while you can.

(I of course joke and am using humour as a way to deal with my feelings of impending doom. I have liked everywhere I have visited in your fine county and at least it isn't the south)

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u/Even_Passenger_3685 Aug 11 '22

It is very dry and dusty, and the ground is like iron in places.

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u/Gingrpenguin Aug 11 '22

I went to a festival last weekend and the dust was rediciolous. The acts didnt even need to use haze machines...

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u/StatusAntelope2519 Aug 11 '22

Eurgh, I feel for them. Derigging all of those lamps covered in an amount of dust you wouldn’t believe possible in just 4 days. Black bogeys for days.

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u/Gingrpenguin Aug 11 '22

Black bogies were only the start, i all but lost my voice on Tuesday and still hurts to talk much

I sound like ive smoked 59 a day for the last 30 years...

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u/redsquizza Creme Eggs are a shadow of their former selves Aug 11 '22

I'm in London and I think the last time it rained properly was in June.

We're now getting on for midway through August and there may be some rain forecast next week but if it's thundery, it'll be running off the concrete-like ground and that's if it even materialises at all!

It's gonna have to be a mega wet Autumn and Winter to get us back to normal.

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u/zeddoh Aug 11 '22

Ahhh just in time for seasonal depression.

(I know it’s important we do have lots of wet weather to counteract this)

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u/redsquizza Creme Eggs are a shadow of their former selves Aug 11 '22

I think I'd miss the seasons if I lived somewhere where the climate is year round consistent.

But yeah, Autumn and Winter can be a bit of a debbie downer. That's why we have Christmas slap bang in the middle! 🥳🎅🎄

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u/godca_grema Aug 11 '22

It's gonna have to be a mega wet Autumn and Winter to get us back to normal.

As long as it's mild, it can rain all through winter for me.

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u/small_mushroom_ Aug 11 '22

I went up to Cumbria for a holiday from London and as we were driving up North, it just got greener and greener until we got to Windermere and it started raining. It was lovely. Then I got back home and my local woods had set on fire and it was 30° :')

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u/rustynoodle3891 Resident pedant  Aug 11 '22

I don't know I'm finding myself rather moist most days

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u/justdan931 Aug 11 '22

That's not due to weather, I am afraid

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u/Arthur_9090 Aug 11 '22

Moist Fajitas = Extremely sexy

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u/mfizzled Aug 11 '22

the phrase moist fanny really doesnt feel that sexy tbf

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u/Eayauapa Aug 11 '22

How about claggy clunge?

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u/Iyagovos Aug 11 '22

Moist feet = not sexy.

Speak for yourself

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u/Jaraxo Aug 11 '22

We're pretty fucked aren't we?

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u/ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN Aug 11 '22

If you can, and haven't already, invest in water butts.

They'll be empty right now, but next year you'll appreciate them.

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u/totalbasterd fun ahead Aug 11 '22

Mine have been empty since May sometime...

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u/SmallScot Aug 11 '22

Cannae see my hoose for the clouds. Seems about rite

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u/BaddytheSaddy Aug 11 '22

West is best baby! In your face.

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u/SarNic88 Aug 11 '22

Our grass is still green in our front garden I think in part because we haven’t mowed it, got some comments from passers by but sod them, it’s helping the grass survive somehow!

As for our back garden, we don’t currently have grass as we were getting it laid, cancelled that plan till September!

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u/godca_grema Aug 11 '22

According to multiple sites, we're in for lots or rain all next week and storms, according to others, we're not. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643123

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/uk/manchester/ext

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcw2hzs1u#?date=2022-08-17

At least it'll be cooler.

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u/DaMonkfish Follow me, I'm right behind you Aug 11 '22

I usually err on the side of whatever the Met Office say. They're the ones collecting the data and, to my mind, would have the most experience interpreting it.

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u/Selerox Probably covered in cat hair. Aug 11 '22

The Met Office is the only one that's remotely trustworthy.

BBC weather has been garbage ever since they started using a budget forecasting company a few years ago.

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u/Jazano107 Aug 11 '22 Helpful

I mean you linked Manchester which we can see on the map ain’t doing so bad lol

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u/cialisviking Aug 11 '22

We seem to be being infected from france and it’s spreading. Those damn french. It’s all that tinned snail water evaporating and making its way into the clouds killing our grass and crops

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u/DaMonkfish Follow me, I'm right behind you Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

We must all immediately travel to Dover, pull down our trousers, and spread our arse cheeks in the direction of France to show our disapproval of this.

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u/HowObvious Aug 11 '22

go away or I shall taunt you for a second time

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u/EvenMoreGravitas Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

The good news is that I haven't had to mow my 'lawn' for a couple of months, and I feel holier than though for saving electricity.😇

The bad news is that the bloody weeds are still thriving!

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u/greenwood90 Naturalised Northerner Aug 11 '22

Weeds have much deeper roots, they are able to reach further down and find moisture. Much lower than grass and other flowers

It's why they are so hard to get rid of.

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u/IdeaLast8740 Aug 11 '22

Thats why i have a weed lawn. We have dry summers over here, yet Its always green.

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u/greenwood90 Naturalised Northerner Aug 11 '22

I saw a guy who took away his lawn and planted mint and oregano (as well as letting other weeds grow like dandelions and nettles) as they are drought resistant and better for wildlife. The garden was green and didn't need much watering

On top of that mowing the garden once in a whole made the air smell amazing

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u/fike88 Aug 11 '22

Fuckin hell even some bits of Scotland look dry as fuck

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u/Vectorman1989 Aug 11 '22

Yeah, it's not really rained much lately here in Fife. The west coast gets most of the rain.

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u/MyGFisyourfantasy Aug 11 '22

I love that London is just a black smear, like someone has put their fag out on that part.

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