Cam Flood Photographs: January 2003

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The Cam has flooded yet again. Back in the 1990s, after a few drought years in England (blamed on "global warming"), the Cambridge University Botanic Garden opened a new "dry" garden, in order to show gardeners what would be possible in this new Mediterranean-style climate to which we would have to become accustomed. Unfortunately ever since then the wet weather has returned with a vengeance (this is also blamed on "global warming"), and in particular the Cam seems to flood almost every year now. (The "dry" garden is doing fine in spite of everything.)

December 2002 was a wet month (50% above normal rainfall) and when around an inch of rain fell on 2 January it was almost inevitable that the Cam would flood, and so it did on 3 and 4 January. The highest level reached was fortunately below that of the 2001 floods, and not many buildings were affected this time around. It was all over by 5 January. (south to north and then east) order, with image size 800 x 600:

Photographs taken 2, 3 and 4 January, in approximate upstream to downstream (south to north and then east) order, with image size 800 x 600: