Government figures released show that rain has fallen 30% less this year than the same period last year. Officials blame the current world economic crisis for the drops in rain fall. Minister for weather, Mrs Suni Day said "We are seeing an incredible fall in rain across the world. In some places, like the Sahara, where rain fall was already faltering, rain has now fallen to -27%, a 147 year low. Even traditionally rainy place like the rainforest in Brazil which normally rides out recessions well, are showing signs of that rain is drying up at an alarming rate."
Calls for a massive fiscal package to be financed from all countries across the world to ease the situation are going to be difficult. "The problem is that when leaders get together for a summit on this important subject, London is normally the venue. And London is one of the few places that the rain fall has actually risen slightly. Most wet delegates then think it's a storm in a teacup and are reluctant to give any cash." the minister explained.
Some commentators say though that every cloud has a silver lining in that the fall in rain has provided stimulus to the sunglasses industry which is currently showing a lightning fast increase in sales. Plus the Mayor of Manchester has said that he is pleased to see that there are less stray cats and dogs on the streets.