The Long Wet Summer

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about uncomfortably hot temperatures in Beetley, and the absence of my nemesis, rain. I should have kept quiet of course, as it has been raining on and off now (mostly on) for at least ten days. Temperatures are holding at close to 19 degrees, so it isn’t cold of course. But in a roundabout way, that’s part of the problem. All my waterproof clothing, and the heavy boots and raincoats, are designed to be worn in colder weather. It just isn’t cold enough to be comfortable wearing them, so I have no option but to venture out in shorts, and my lightest zip-up coat.

This afternoon, I left the house with Ollie in pleasant temperatures. Forewarned by dull skies, I took my umbrella too, just in case. After ten minutes, I headed over to Hoe Rough, intending to make a bigger walk of it today. Then a light shower started, so I put up the umbrella, congratulating myself on having the good sense to bring it. Moments later, the rain became torrential, as the light faded to resemble early evening, rather than 1:30 in the afternoon. As I trudged on, with Ollie running ahead excitedly, it started to rain even harder, and from all directions too. The noise of it pounding the top of the umbrella was quite disconcerting in its volume.

The umbrella was beginning to seem to be redundant anyway, as I was soaked back and front, despite its promised shelter. Thirty minutes later, I could hardly keep the shoes on my feet, as they were quite literally filled with water. All my clothing was saturated, and rainwater was running down my face, driving in under the umbrella’s canopy. Now I will be the first to admit that I write a lot of posts about getting soaked by rain when out walking with Ollie. I get no pleasure from that, I do assure you. But this is August. It is supposed to be the height of the summer, when you might well expect an odd thunderstorm, but would never expect day after day of relentless rain, lasting from lunchtime until well into the night.

It’s just miserable, and feels unfair, even though I know that fairness is not a concept that can be applied to weather. The children are on school holidays, which are being ruined for them by this constant rain. The playground is deserted, the football pitch resembles a shallow pool, and all the outside attractions must be really feeling the pinch financially. My long walks with Ollie have been cut by half, as I just cannot keep walking in these downpours without becoming depressed. When I got home, I saw a weather forecast that predicted more rain for the rest of this week, and heavier rain too. I can’t honestly see how it can get much heavier. The roads are awash, and our house gutters are unable to cope as it is. But the weather man was very cheerful. Probably because he got the forecast right, for once in his life.

Before you admonish me, I know that I am supposed to be staying positive, in 2017. After eighty minutes of trudging around in a near-monsoon, I can tell you that it is very difficult to stay positive. But I will try to find the bright side of anything this year, so here goes.

Ollie didn’t care that it was raining. (That’s it.)

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69 thoughts on “The Long Wet Summer

  1. In case you should decide to build an ark, the correct dimensions are: 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width, and 30 cubits in height (which translates as: 450×75×45 ft or 137×22.9×13.7 meters). Rather than invite animals aboard, I would suggest lowering the boarding plank for your beetleypete followers.

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  2. No water in Nevada as the water table gets tapped out, so reconsider that one. From years in Oregon, we have rain clothing for all weather. Summer rain clothes. Fall rain clothes. Winter rain clothes. We have lightweight rain pants. Many umbrellas. Of course, we still got wet.

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  3. Hi Pete, I think Kent is supposed to be the driest county and June usually has the most sunshine. By August the nights are drawing in and there are Christmas items in the stores. Mind you, September can be nice so I hope we are all in for some good weather then.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I once lived in Kent, and think you are right. But Norfolk claims to have the lowest rainfall in the UK, a claim that I dispute, from personal experience!
      We always go on holiday in September, to avoid the school holiday crowds. So it’s fingers crossed for an ‘Indian Summer’.
      Thanks very much for reading and commenting.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. A perfect conclusion to a not so perfect walk. I didn’t mow the lawn because I was hearing thunder, but then I realized that the sun was out and I hadn’t heard thunder in a while so I got the riding mower out, despite the heat, and started mowing only to get drenched! Drenched in the minute or so it took me to drive the mower back into the garage. And I’m sitting here still all wet and the sun is back out and it’s not raining. Not at all like day after day of relentless rain, but diabolical none the less.

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  5. We are in the same boat here (literally!) but we are supposed to be having dry stuff over the next couple of days, but I can’t believe that! It is quite soul destroying so am also finding positivity a bit of a chore!

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  6. we had lots of downpours more than what we need Pete and flash floods and hail storms that caused damage power interruptions in some areas. it seems like a crazy weather cycle this year. your last sentence put a smile on my face. hope summer returns soon. 🙂

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  7. For the past month, I have wondered about the mix of topics on the National News here. It seems there is a weather disaster almost every day (I include fires in weather where I live—lightening and humans cause them). Now I know this is a big country so there are lots of climates and places for disasters. However, I would be interested in the frequency of weather occurrences of note over the past 50 to 100 years. I suspect, one would find an increase in events.
    Then too there are the instances of local events of ‘almost note,” such as your weather this month. No flooding, just that damned rain.
    On a personal note, I thought your report was very positive. I didn’t see one single expletive in the whole blog!
    Warmest regards, Theo

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      1. Right, it the summers that cause the trees to grow leaves which they drop (along with their seeds) in your yard and then you have to rake them all up. Bha humbug on Summers and the leaves they make me rake. 🙂
        Warmest regards, Theo

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          1. I remember a time when you dropped something. It hit your elbow, the arm of the chair, your leg before dropping into your coffee cup on the floor. I don’t think I stopped laughing for an hour or two.

            That is the luck of someone who moves to the driest part of the country only to get drenched every summer!

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  8. I agree with you that rainfall every day in August hardly seems fair. I have forgotten how miserable that can be; in Seattle we just set a new record for days in a row without rain (52) and now l miss it! Still if I could only choose one or the other, I’d choose sunshine! Hopefully yours is coming too!

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    1. Thanks, Susanne. It would just be nice to have some longer periods of dry weather, without undue heat. I suppose I am asking for too much, living in England.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. We’re further north, in Transylvania, but 28 C is precisely what our thermometer says right now! We had some thunderstorms over the weekend (more noise than rain), but Fri/Sat temps were at 38 C, which is too hot for any sense as far as I am concerned! So… um… Enjoy your rain 😉

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  9. You are lucky my dog would die before getting her feet wet….LOL

    This year has been a bit wet also….to the point that my garden drowned…but not to worry there is nothing hinkey about the climate…LOL chuq

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    1. I have lost interest in wondering whether or not it is climate change, chuq. The weather man says it is ‘just the Gulf Stream’. I always thought that climate change would turn this country into a desert, but it seems the opposite is true. I will have to check out house prices in Nevada I think…Maybe Mr Trump will give me one of those resident visas? 🙂

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          1. Have you ever been in Nevada? There are mountains and desert and in between is a bunch of crap. There is even a secret submarine training site…now think about that….a sub school in the desert…what part of that makes sense…LOL chuq

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          2. No I have never been there, chuq. I have never been to the USA at all. I just thought of a possible dry place, though I think I would have to look closer to Las Vegas, to get that. Just musing… 🙂

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  10. Wow, sorry to hear that Pete – here is my weather forecast for the rest of August: 80-85 during the day, 65 at night. Clear. Never changing. Monotonous? Of course. Better than some options? Yes. I hope your summer returns soon!

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