Monday, June 6, 2022

Average annual precipitation in Europe


Eastern Germany, most of Poland and Hungary are notable for their dryness. These areas have excellent grasslands...and horses. Comparable to eastern Nebraska although people who have lived there tell me that a greater percentage of the precipitation in Europe falls during the growing season.

Much of France seems clement as does most of southern Britain. Northern Spain seems well watered as does the Balkans immediately east of the Adriatic Sea.

Gross precipitation is almost meaningless without some information about the ground it is falling on. Is it crystalline, igneous rocks that will shed every drop or is it soil or porous limestones and sandstones? Is it steep or is it flat enough to slow the run-off and allow some to soak in. Does the precipitation come in a concentrated time period or do the rains come at regular, well-spaced intervals.

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