We had a very bad summer here in the Netherlands this year. I think it was the wettest summer since 1906 or something like that. There was a lot of rain in July and August. And that while spring was unusually warm and dry.
It has to stop soon, or I will have to build an ark.
We had some water in the basement from Hurricane Irene.
Three days ago, we got an inch of rain. Two days ago, we got 3 inches more. Yesterday we got 7+ inches of rain.
If you stand in your kitchen and take a cup of water, throw it on the floor and see how big the area is. Yesterday, I used my shop vac to vacuum up the water in my basement. It holds 12 gallons (~48 liters). I filled it more than 20 times, I lost count. I could believe 50 times.
I've lived in this house 28 years, and this is only the third time that I've had any water in the basement.
I remember a story I read as a kid where a guy was digging a tunnel from Florida to New England to transport some of the warm weather up there. His plan failed though when a hurricane came through it. Jump to 2011, and New England gets a hurricane without even needing to dig a tunnel.
I'm late to this party, but ... yes, Australians are famous for enjoying draughts whatever the calamity, be it flood, fire, or famine. If there are no calamities, then what better way to celebrate than another draught?