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Drought Watch - The Drought of 2013
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Drought Watch - The Drought of 2013
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Latest Updates: The Drought of '13
http://www.dailyyonder.com/monday-roundu...04/01/5748

Maharashtra set to face worst drought ever
http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news...21808.aspx

Middle East river basin has lost Dead Sea-sized quantity of water
http://earthsky.org/science-wire/middle-...y-of-water

Lakes Michigan and Huron reach record low
http://articles.petoskeynews.com/2013-02...z_36998501

Record-Low Levels In Lake Michigan
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01...02172.html

Northern Thailand is drying up
http://www.aljazeera.com/weather/2013/01...16344.html

Worst drought in decades hits Brazil's Northeast
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04...HR20130104

2012 drought worst since Dust Bowl
http://www.dairyherd.com/dairy-news/2012...ml?ref=811


Global Drought Monitor - July 2012
http://drought.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/drought.ht...ought.html
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US Drought Monitor - Nov 6 2012
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
United States January, 2012

Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/0...RH20120105

"The return of warm, dry weather to the nation's southern tier could be suggestive of an increasingly La Nina-driven atmospheric regime," said the U.S. Drought Monitor report.

Oklahoma continued to suffer from drought, with more than 27 percent of that farm state in extreme or exceptional drought and more than 50 percent rated severe or worse.

New Mexico, Louisiana and Kansas were also hit by drought, and in the Southeast, parts of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina suffered from significant levels of dryness.

"Abnormal dryness" has also started to develop in western North Dakota, the Drought Monitor said


Dry January raises concern over drought in northern California
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/11/4178998...rylink=cpy


In Texas' worst drought on record, trees dying by the millions
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/0...e-millions

The National Weather Service has officially declared last year as the driest on record in Texas and the second hottest. Meteorologists predict the situation won't improve much this year. That means water restrictions will continue, and we'll lose millions of trees.

Record-setting heat and little rain in 2011 has left North Texas in a severe drought. The water level at Lake Lavon is down 12 feet.

The diminished water supply forced many counties to put residents under water restrictions indefinitely.

The Texas Forest Service says the drought may have killed as much as 10 percent of the state's trees. That's 500 million trees.


Texas Senate mulls drought impact on power supply
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-5...er-supply/

Texas Senate Democrats worried Tuesday that continued drought could lead to brownouts and keep major firms from expanding statewide because of fears about an unreliable power grid.

A growing population has left state planners rushing to approve coal-fired power plants, expand nuclear facilities, create more wind power, build transmission lines and extract natural gas to meet rising demand. But vast amounts of water are often necessary to generate electricity — an increasingly complicated prospect for a state still struggling through what has already been the worst single-year drought in its history.
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Peace Out
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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
See what happens when you try and control the weather
you either get to much rain or not enough.
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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
This is not good. I am grateful for the "extremely" mild winter so far, but I know in the long run we are going to pay for it.
doomed
Thanks Rec for collecting this data. Heartflowers

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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
Hadley cells in action... yeah3

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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
..so..we can run thousands of miles of pipe...and drill into the earth for miles, for oil and gas but still...noone can pipe water to affected areas...
...?

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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
Argentina faces a continuous drought

Buenos Aires has been baking in the summer heat, with the
temperatures reaching well into the mid to high 30Cs. At the end of last week, the Argentine capital had officially reached a high of 38C, which is 9C above their average.

It's not just in Buenos Aires where people have been struggling to cope in the hot weather. In the western and northern provinces the temperatures have been even higher and are expected to exceed 40C over the next few days.

The farmlands of Argentina’s Pampas region have been hit particularly hard by the summer’s heat this year, but it is not only the high temperatures that the country has been dealing with, there has also been the continuing drought.

The major food producing region is looking at dismal prospects for their summer harvest. Analysts have calculated that approximately 50% of the corn crops have already been lost this season. Soy production, which is the country’s main source of income, is also at risk.

The Argentina National Weather Service is reporting that the rainfall for southern Cordoba, Santa Fe and areas west of Buenos Aires is 80 per cent less than what it should be for this time of year.

The Pampas growing region on average receives approximately 1,000mm of rain a year, the majority of that occurs in the summer. For this past December, the rainfall amount was only a sparse 10 to 50mm.

Over the next few weeks a substantial amount of rain is needed in order to save the rest of this season’s crops, but despite the next weather system pushing through, forecasters are only predicting approximately 20 to 25mm.

http://www.aljazeera.com/weather/2012/01...43782.html

Argentine Drought May Be Worst for Crops in Over 70 Years

Dry weather that’s hurting soybean and corn crops in Argentina may cause more damage than the 2008-2009 drought that was the worst in 70 years, a farming group said today, disputing a government statement.

The situation is “critical” for corn in parts of Buenos Aires because of the lack of rain and lack of soil moisture, the Agriculture Ministry said in its weekly crop report today. The corn crop is 88 percent planted, soybeans are 89 percent planted and wheat is 91 percent harvested, according to the report. Argentina is the world’s second-biggest corn exporter.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-06...years.html
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Pokoia
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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
Thanks for the science update REC!

If this is really gonna be a problem, you can always order some rain.

Real rainmaking by yours truly.

BTW, it works , although sometimes you have to wait a few days.
In my case never more than 3 days.

If you cant whistle just listen to the music and concentrate on it.

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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
A persistant high pressure ridge has formed off the coast of California, something we would usually only see during the summers. It pushes all the moisture to the north of us, so Oregon and Washington gets the rain, but California does not.

After last year's abundant rain and snowfall on the heels of years long drought, we're back where we were before...facing water rationing.

Kinda hard to grow a garden without water. Tissue
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RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
Full Circle  Wrote: (01-11-2012 03:52 PM)
Hadley cells in action... yeah3

REC heads to google...


Hadley cell expansion

There is some evidence that the expansion of the Hadley cells is related to climate change. The majority of earth's driest and arid regions are located in the areas underneath the descending branches of the Hadley circulation around 30 degrees latitude. Both idealised and more realistic climate model experiments show that the Hadley cell expands with increased global mean temperature (perhaps by 2 degrees latitude over the 21st century; this can lead to large changes in precipitation in the latitudes at the edge of the cells.

Scientists fear that the ongoing presence of global warming might bring drastic changes to the ecosystems in the deep tropics and that the deserts will become drier and expand. As the areas around 30 degrees latitude become drier, those inhabiting in that region will see less rainfall than traditionally expected, which could cause major problems with food supplies and habitability.

Hadley Cell expansion is a clear indicator of climate change, as it can affect earth's mean temperature in drastic ways. A poleward expansion of the Hadley cell could have a dramatic impact on locations such as southwestern North America, the Mediterranean, southern South America, South Asia and Australia.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadley_cell..._expansion
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teach RE: Drought Watch - Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought
Texas is perfect for solar plants. Solar thermal especially since heat can be stored to
generate energy on demand.
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•REC  Wrote: (01-11-2012 07:09 PM)
Hadley Cell expansion is a clear indicator of climate change, as it can affect earth's mean temperature in drastic ways. A poleward expansion of the Hadley cell could have a dramatic impact on locations such as southwestern North America, the Mediterranean, southern South America, South Asia and Australia.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadley_cell..._expansion

Exactly. So no surprise there eh?

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MN = kindling

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13 million people are on the brink of a full-scale humanitarian crisis in West Africa thanks to the effects of drought, Oxfam has warned.

March 9

The British charity said tens of thousands of people in the Sahel region of west and central Africa could die in the coming months if the international community did not distribute much needed aid immediately.

The charity said western governments and aid agencies risked making the mistakes of last year in the Horn of Africa, where the famine may have been far less severe had there been a swifter response to the crisis as it developed.

In parts of Chad, Mali and Niger, the malnutrition rates have exceeded 15 per cent, with more than one million children at risk of starvation. Aid workers declare a famine once malnutrition rates exceed 30 per cent.

The next harvest in the region is due in October and the United Nations estimates more than £450 million of aid is needed to avert a humanitarian crisis.

Mamadou Biteye, Oxfam regional director in West Africa, said: "Millions of people are on the threshold of a major crisis.

"All signs point to a drought becoming a catastrophe if nothing is done soon. The world cannot allow this to happen. A concerted aid effort is needed to stop tens of thousands dying due to international complacency.

The cost of food has jumped by up to 50% in places and is expected to rise further this summer.

Villagers in some parts of Chad are so desperate for food they are searching ant hills to retrieve grain collected by ants, while in Niger some 33,000 children have left school to migrate with their parents in search of food.

Erratic rainfall has been blamed for a poor harvest in Niger, Chad and Mauritania and Mali. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, agricultural production in the region is down 25 per cent from 2010.

Harvests in neighbouring Nigeria, Benin and Ghana have been reasonable, but Oxfam said it was unlikely there would be any surplus for those in the Sahel region.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...warns.html
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China: Half million Chongqing residents lacking access to drinking water

March 21

Half a million people in southwest China's Chongqing municipality are lacking access to drinking water due to a lingering drought, Drought Relief headquarters said on Wednesday.

China's Xinhua news agency reported that the drought has left 200,000 livestock lack of drinking water and withered 1 million mu (66,666.7 hectares) of crops, according to the municipal flood control and drought relief headquarters.

More than 30,000 people are relying on delivered water on a daily basis, it said.

Chongqing has suffered from a drought that began in August 2011 due to a persistent shortage of rainfall, with the mountainous areas of Rongchang county, Wanzhou district, Fengdu county and Fuling district being hit hard.

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