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22-05-2020, 13:56   #106
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23-05-2020, 15:26   #107
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I know some think we all want dry with warm to hot weather, but the problem remains as many parts of the country have not received enough rain and water restrictions or wells going dry is going to be a real possibility.
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I know some think we all want dry with warm to hot weather, but the problem remains as many parts of the country have not received enough rain and water restrictions or wells going dry is going to be a real possibility.
Farmers are struggling with the lack of water. No water, no veg, no grass for cattle.
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Chart showing running 28 day runnig percentage totals (blue) compared with the running 365 day average for the country as a whole:



(data c/o Met Eireann)

Despite the recent rain (which did help bring roughly near average amounts over the last 7 days) we still, as many have noted above, remain in a what is now pretty long running dry spell, and if this meteogram for Kilkenny, based on the latest ECM run, is anything to go by the very little if any useful rain is in the forecast for this coming working week for these harder hit regions:



And countrywide rainfall total forecast up to Friday evening from the same model:



And pretty similar story with regards the latest GFS rainfall total forecast out to the same period, but with more of a chance of higher totals (mainly due to potential showers breaking out during the midweek period) in the drier regions.



Let's see.

Charts and maps taken from here: https://meteologix.com/ie
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Farmers are struggling with the lack of water. No water, no veg, no grass for cattle.
They really should try and have some system in place to store water for the year for times like this, we had 8 months of deluges and more rain than we could handle between August last summer and the start of March just gone. Dry spells like the current one are not that uncommon in Ireland, a bit of planning for times like this would go along way!.
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They really should try and have some system in place to store water for the year for times like this, we had 8 months of deluges and more rain than we could handle between August last summer and the start of March just gone. Dry spells like the current one are not that uncommon in Ireland, a bit of planning for times like this would go along way!.
Back in February passing flooded fields, i said to my mother the farmers should be storing this water in case we go from one extreme to the other. On the upside, anyone doing Turf is saving plenty in these times.

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Back in February passing flooded fields, i said to my mother the farmers should should be storing this water in case we go from one extreme to the other. On the upside, anyone doing Turf is saving plenty in these times.
An inch of rain equates to about 80k litrees per acre, land is short about 2 inches now.

That is a lot of water
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An inch of rain equates to about 80k litrees per acre, land is short about 2 inches now.

That is a lot of water
At easier and cheaper to feed out silage during droughts to cattle than try store that sort of volume of water.
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The brown grass at the moment in Dublin, about a month earlier than 2018 from what I remember.

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One inch of rain falling on 1 acre of ground is equal to about 27,154 gallons and weighs about 113 tons
102,800 litres is one inch of rain over 1 acre.

Yeah so a 100 acre farm for the equivalent of an inch of rain would need about 10.28 million litres and that would be in one go and if over 8 weeks of dry weather and one needed let say 5 inches of rain over that period, that would be 51.4 million litres of water!
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I'll raise you:

To average 1.0 mm of rainfall over the whole country requires 84.4 trillion litres of rain. That's 84.4 billion tonnes or 34.5 million Olympic swimming pools.
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