CJAMY. Camille Goubert’s column is broadcast daily on the program “Cijami”, which is presented on France 5 from Monday to Friday at 5 pm.
All three of France (regional, Atlantic and Mediterranean) and three important mountain ranges (Pyrenees, Massif Central, Alps) provide France with a great diversity of regional climates, explains Meteo France. Between 1981 and 2010, the top 5 regions with the most water in France were:
1. Seven (Haute-Rhine).
2. Mont-Agaul (Guard)
3. Bieritz (Pyramid-Atlantic)
4. Chato-Chinon (Nivre)
Five rainforest zones in France. Credit: France 5 TV
Reunion has six world records for rain
But also in Seawane, we do not exceed 2,400 mm of annual rainfall, which is much higher than 500 mm in Marseille or Colmar, but much less than in Reunion Island. Reunion Island holds six world records for rain, mainly due to cyclones. Thus, in 2007, during the passage of the Cyclone Gamde, about 5,000 mm fell – that is, five meters, or two floors – and this in four days, or as seven-and-a-half years of rain in Paris.
To understand, you need to know that one millimeter is equal to one liter of water per square meter. So at that time, in four days, Reunion got about 5,000 liters of water per square meter. This is equivalent to 100 showers … or 8,700 pins.
In India, the second highest rainfall area in the world
Reunion shared its title as a rainy place on the planet with a poetic name: the city of Cherrapunji in India. It is located in the state of Meghalaya, which literally means “house of clouds”. The world record of rainfall in Cherrapunji was recorded in 48 hours, approximately 2,500 mm on 15 and 16 June 1995.
In France, it is the Alps-Maritime and the guards who hold podiums for the record of rain… but it rains. A month apart in autumn 2020, both received 500 mm of water in 24 hours. An extremely rare occurrence. Generally, the two episodes should have been separated by decades.
See you soon for more excellent news, in the meantime I send you a rain of joy. Except the suture, you had enough.