Wednesday 19 November 1997
It is curious how a small amount of rain can make you feel so wet. It has hardly stopped raining in Devon and Cornwall since the weekend and, in the far west of the region, more than 60mm of rain fell in 24 hours. That's about the average for the entire month at Kew.
Yet when you think about it, 60mm does not sound all that much: it's less than 21/2 inches - hardly a cupful. The average rate of rainfall, however, is only about 1mm an hour - which is about an inch a day if it doesn't stop raining at all. You really do need a downpour to produce 60mm. And that leads to a very surprising conclusion: We all know, from chilly experience, that 30 seconds in a downpour is enough to feel utterly soaked. Yet even if those 60mm in Cornwall all fell in one hour, that would imply a rate of 1mm a minute, which means that half a millimetre of rain is enough to soak you to the skin.
We shall all have a good chance to test this theory in the next few days. If the forecasters are right, there will be few places without rain for the rest of this week.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Life & Style blogs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
£70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Information Security Manager (ISO 27001, A...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...