Why are Chadwick Lakes dry despite heavy rains?

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People have been posting on social media photos of Chadwick Lakes dried up despite that on Monday and Tuesday Malta experienced heavy rain with parts of Malta and Gozo ended up flooded.

Photo by: Mandy Ellul Bonici

But how is it possible that the Chadwick Lakes are dry?

Newsbook.com.mt spoke to Associate Professor Alan Deidun who explained that there is a 70% to 80% chance that due to the hot and dry summer we have experienced, the land might have absorbed all the water as it was too dry.

“We have experienced 5 months of dry weather apart from the fact that the past winter was also dry when compared to previous years,” explained Prof. Deidun.

He further explained how usually we see water at Chadwick Lakes cascading over dams close to November. Prof. “I am of the opinion that percolation of the fallen precipitation within the severely dry earth is the reason behind this anomaly.”

Deidun also said that usually, the valleys do not fill up with water with the first rain we experience after summer. “One must wait longer within the raining season to be able to admire the usual Chadwick Lakes,” said Prof. Alan Deidun

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