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Nov 1951–Catastrophic Floods Hit France & Italy

December 7, 2021
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By Paul Homewood

It was not only England that bore the brunt of severe flooding in November 1951. Both the Rhone and Po Valleys were also severely hit:

 

 

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5 Comments
  1. December 7, 2021 11:33 am

    No climate change then!

  2. John Hultquist permalink
    December 7, 2021 5:28 pm

    I noticed the “large rice growing” area part of the news headline. So, I searched it up:

    https://ricepedia.org/rice-around-the-world/europe

    “All these rice-growing areas are at the northern limit of the natural rice cultivation zone and suffer from the same constraints: a short cultural season (May to September), low temperatures at the extremities of the cycle, and irregular sunshine and harvests frequently hindered by rain.”

    • December 7, 2021 7:29 pm

      I went cycling round there in 2017! It’s on the edge of the Camargue

      • John Hultquist permalink
        December 8, 2021 3:18 am

        Amazon in the USA sells a 10 pound box of red Camargue rice for $53.65.
        Impressive.

  3. cookers52 permalink
    December 8, 2021 11:28 am

    The Po River has been extensively modified, basically just a canal over large stretches, makes an easy cycle ride, a diversion up the Mincio through Mantua up to lake Garda makes an interesting diversion.

    These rivers have historically changed route overnight at times of flood, as the glaciel moraines tend to move around a bit.

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