snow has melted / 雪がとけて

February 3, 2013

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1989 United Nations
‘Mediterranean determines the weather in the Alps’
‘Europe under the influence of the polar air’
‘Typhoon Abby in the North-West Pacific’

The temperature has risen and the snow has melted – so we went to the countryside for a bike ride, then found that a lot of the farmers fields were covered with water, and water is streaming down the roads.  The earth was already saturated with water after a very wet winter, then the melted snow has added to this, causing flooding.  We have been riding in the area for years, but have never seen those roads flooded so badly before.  The amount of water which melting snow produces must be huge, as this picture shows.

A series of stamps from the United Nations – views from satellite cameras, tell us how our climate is affected by other areas of the world.

雪が溶けて太陽がのぞいた先週末。やっと自転車に乗れる!といつもの田園地帯に行ったら、あちこちで畑が水に浸かり、道路に流れ出てたいへんなことになっていました。秋から続いた長雨で地面が水を含んだ飽和状態になっていたところに、溶けた雪が大量の水を足して行き場がなくなったようです。衛星から撮影されたこの写真でも見えるように、雪はイギリス全土を覆い、今は地表を流れています。

国連の発行したこの気象衛星の切手は、ある場所の気候が地球の他の場所で起こることと繋がっていることをはっきり示しています。

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