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dohboi wrote:Here's a visual of the spreading zone of dried out vegetation in the region:
Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon explained last September:
Warmer temperatures lead to greater water demand, faster evaporation, and greater drying-out of potential fuels for fire. Thus, the impacts of the drought were enhanced by global warming, much of which has been caused by man.
Mexican Drought Fuels Despair
While drought conditions have recently let up across the state of Texas in the United States, a drought of record proportions continues in Mexico.
The drought in northern Mexico has led to massive starvation amongst cattle, who have nothing to graze. Normally in these situations, farmers would be able to increase the amount of grain in their cattles' diet; however, the drought has drastically increased the price of grain as well.
Across Mexico, farmland is scattered with carcasses of farm animals who have died of starvation
Rainfall in northern France, England and the north of Italy this year was 23 percent to 47 percent below the long-term average, data from the EU’s Monitoring Agricultural Resources unit show. In Spain and France’s Mediterranean region, amounts were 59 percent to 78 percent lower.
An area of high atmospheric pressure is causing a so-called blocking effect that prevents Atlantic Ocean frontal systems from moving into Europe, Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, said by phone.
dohboi wrote:[(I wonder how long that guy will be able to keep his job in that very Republican=ant-AGW-science state.)
"When you lose that many trees, you're losing all the benefits, which include how those trees clean our air, water and soil to begin with," said Steve Houser, a master gardener with the Texas Agriculture Extension Service.
Houser said native Texas trees, such as the post oak, tend to stand a better chance of survival, but that non-native trees, such as the silver maple, don't fare as well in extreme heat.
"That's one of the reasons it's native; if it's going to survive the Texas heat, it has to be one tough dude."
A severe rain shortage has been observed since December in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the driest period in our climatological record for southern Spain
dohboi wrote:[url]http://www.agrimoney.com/news/drought-hit-spanish-barley-crop-faces-40percent-plunge–4327.html[/url]A severe rain shortage has been observed since December in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the driest period in our climatological record for southern Spain
The Eagle River basin is melting four to eight weeks earlier than normal this year because of below average snowfall, warm spring temperatures and wind, according to the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, presenting what could be the worst water supply year in Eagle County history.
This year's local water supply is shaping up to be worse — much worse — than 2002, the worst drought year Colorado had seen in about 250 years.
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