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The answers aren't yet clear but the region has had what can be considered a snow drought, according to South Dakota State University Extension State climatologist Laura Edwards. "We don't see a lot of changes on the drought situation typically over the winter time, but we really haven't had much snow ...
The South and South-East of Ethiopia are affected by serious drought due to the fourth consecutive failed rainy season. The performance of the spring rains is expected to be below normal while agro-pastoralist and pastoralist households have already largely lost their livelihoods due to previous droughts.

90,000 children a week are at risk of dropping out of school in 2018, warns Save The Children, in an appeal for education funding in emergencies across East Africa. For many this would be their second year out of school, forced to abandon their studies because of the drought. In total this year 4.7 million ...
"Most of Southern Arizona is in a 'severe' drought, with Santa Cruz County and Pima County classified as an 'extreme' drought," Hardin said. "I think this rain will help alleviate some of that, but I can't say it will drop down, from extreme to severe." It may make a difference in one area, though. Hardin said the ...
The Horn and East Africa region has been affected by yet another drought with hardly any reprieve from the 2016 El Nino induced crisis. By end of March 2017 the UN estimated that 22.9 million people in the greater Horn were food insecure, a figure expected to rise as the crisis worsens. The number of ...
In a dramatic turnaround, the skies above Washington opened up in February, bringing copious amounts of rain and snow after one of the driest Januarys on record. The U.S. drought Monitor, a collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

Though the rain may have dampened the start of the week, meteorologists say it's beneficial to a region that's currently in a severe drought. The St. Louis area has seen little precipitation since the middle of last summer, affecting farmers and their livestock, and bringing rivers and streams to near-record ...
A drought in winter is a bad sign of what's to come for summer, as a winter drought could increase risks in summer as well as exacerbate wildfire risk, which the state already suffers enough from. Unless there is a very snowy late winter and spring or an abnormally rainy spring and summer, Colorado is in for ...
St. Louis' weather forecast this week is rain, rain and more rain, yet that's good news for a region that's in the midst of a drought. National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin says a dry weather pattern began last summer. He says that dry pattern continued into the fall--typically the wetter part of ...
PULLMAN - They enjoyed the splendors of winning basketball for a few days, but Saturday's game against Utah brought the Washington state Cougars much of the same misfortune they've experienced in year No. 4 of Ernie Kent ball. There were the extended scoring droughts, the defensive brain lapses ...
Overall water use is climbing in Southern California as that part of the state plunges back into drought, driving state and regional water managers as ... Many other Southern California communities have winnowed water use to well below the national average over successive droughts, water officials say.
Moves to save water and boost supply by Cape Town businesses would help in the future, Cape Chamber of Commerce president Janine Myburgh said this week. "The important thing is that all the planning and investment will put Cape Town and its businesses in a much stronger position to deal with the ...
As of Tuesday morning, more than 99 percent of Boone County is considered to be in moderate drought, according to data by the National Drought Mitigation ... But drought severity isn't based on stream levels alone. ... "Most of the droughts we've seen recently have been less than a year," Fuchs said.
farmers and ranchers should match expected forage production and water quantity with animal demand, which may lead to destocking of cattle herds. As drought conditions continue, farmers and ranchers should consider taking immediate steps, such as buying hay while it is still available and culling cows ...
The U.S. drought Monitor released its weekly report on drought conditions on Thursday, and it held good news for Alabama. According to the report 12.64 percent of the state is officially drought free. It's the first time any part of Alabama has been back to normal since Jan. 16. And all of the areas in severe ...
The 2017 Arizona drought Preparedness Annual Report indicates Navajo County as one of the driest areas, with a 16 percent forage loss as of September 2017. Due to the forage loss and lack of water storage in rangeland catchments, ranchers have reported between 10 percent and 25 percent reduced ...
Mr Blair qualified comments he made in New South Wales parliament last week that people in the Hunter region "are not used to drought". "They're not used to seeing the same types of droughts that we see in other parts of the state," he said today. "There have been droughts here before, but if you speak to ...

According to the USDM, Newberry, and Fairfield counties are no longer considered to be in drought. The majority of Saluda and Kershaw Counties are no longer in drought, but pockets in the southern portions of the counties remain. Areas of Aiken, Lexington, Richland and Sumter Counties also saw some ...
With a few exceptions, VCU students bundled up as they cross West Main Street at class change on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 .Along with the rain, temperatures are heading back down to more seasonable levels 1/30/2018: Virginia Commonwealth University students, with a few exceptions, were bundled up ...
With this information, plant breeders will know which individuals to choose as parent stock for crops that can survive droughts by making the most of the available water. That's important because as Earth's climate warms, periods of severe drought are expected to become more common. Liang Dong led the ...
farmers and ranchers should match expected forage production and water quantity with animal demand, which may lead to destocking of cattle herds. As drought conditions continue, farmers and ranchers should consider taking immediate steps, such as buying hay while it is still available and culling cows ...
(CNN) -- Cape Town's reputation as a glossy travel magazine cover star has taken a hit this year, as water restrictions to combat the drought become increasingly severe. After three years of minimal rainfall, the city is now in a state of emergency, with locals and visitors limited to 50 liters (around 13 gallons) ...
But the latest drought map, care of the U.S. drought Monitor, shows an alarming and familiar parched state spreading; "Severe drought" now extends across 20 percent of California, and "abnormal dryness" persists in nearly 82 percent of the state, including parts of the North bay, although most of the Bay ...
The current historic drought began after Cape Town experienced an unseasonably dry winter in 2015. The lack of rainfall that year caused water levels in the city's dams to plummet by 20 percent, only to be followed by two more dry winters. A changing climate has made drought conditions worse, and poor ...
A New Mexico mountain hamlet known of its ski resort is struggling amid little snow and drought this winter. KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports Ski Apache on Sierra Blanca Mountain in Ruidoso, New Mexico has only recorded 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow. Ski Apache director of operations Justin ...
Johannesburg - The national disaster management centre has called on organs of state to implement contingency measures to enable the national executive to deal with the drought in parts of South Africa. In a statement released in the government gazette on Tuesday, Disaster head Dr Mmaphaka Tau ...
Most of Missouri remains in a drought, according to a map released Feb. 8 by the National drought Mitigation Center. The drought affects livestock farmers facing dwindling hay reserves. Row crop farmers are eyeing the situation with caution as planting season nears. East central, southeastern and south ...
South Africa has declared the drought which has seen Cape Town hurtling towards "Day Zero" a national disaster. The government made the announcement after reassessing the "magnitude and severity" of the three-year drought. It has badly affected three of the country's nine provinces. The decision ...
Missouri is experiencing its driest winter in more than 40 years, extending drought conditions that started over the summer. From September through January, Missouri received on average precipitation 8.3 inches of precipitation. The normal is 15.9 inches, making it the driest September through January ...
It's not looking like rain is in the forecast and that concerns locals that a dry spell will last into spring putting the Valley-- and the majority of California-- in another drought. Tulare County residents are holding onto hope that Mother Nature will bring a few storms to the area putting snow in the mountains and ...
Atmospheric conditions that helped create the recent multiyear California drought have returned, leaving the state dry and exceptionally warm this winter and its residents wondering if another long dry spell is on the way. A ridge of high-pressure air off the West Coast has persisted for much of the past three ...
Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan said: "Unfortunately we have had to take the very difficult decision to move the Investec South African women's Open. "The decision had basically been made for us. In spite of the best environmental practices, the drought has taken its toll on the condition of ...
Rwanda is making arrangements to deliver food assistance to support more than 3,000 families in the Eastern Province who need urgent assistance to combat the worst effects of a prolonged drought. According to the Ministry of agriculture and Animal Resources' (Minagri), despite other parts of the country ...
Johannesburg - African National Congress (ANC) president, Cyril Ramaphosa has called for unity amid the ongoing water crisis in the Western Cape. Ramaphosa was addressing the commemoration of Nelson Mandela from prison in Cape Town. "This drought that Cape Town is going through affects ...
The drought. When it rains, it pours. But the bout of moisture might not be a bad thing for the D.C. area. Following the recent period of sleet and rain, the much needed precipitation will continue to fall, potentially putting an end to the severe drought that has troubled the D.C. area.
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 14:52 - After a prolonged dry spell, rain is finally on track to return to Southern California and the Desert Southwest. But with the winter rainfall deficit already tipping most of the region into moderate to severe drought, how much help is on the way this week? Forecasters are watching an area of ...
(CNN) When it finally came, restaurant diners rushed outside mid-meal to see the deluge for themselves. Others grabbed buckets to collect precious water from gutters to be used for washing clothes. The rain that fell on Cape Town Friday evening was cause for celebration in a drought-stricken city headed ...
The drought that ended in 2017 may be returning. Historical tree-ring data reveal that this could be normal. California has historically experienced decades-long droughts, with the recent period of the last 150 years or so unusually wet. Climate-changes specialists also argue also that swings in weather ...
Spreading drought conditions have reached Butte County, according the federal group that measures dryness. The National drought Monitor extended its "abnormally dry" classification into western Butte County in its weekly update Thursday. The whole west side of the Sacramento Valley, including all of ...
The rest of Northwest Oklahoma is in extreme drought. The past three months have been dry for the area, with much of Northwest Oklahoma receiving little or no rain since October. The Mesonet weather-recording station at Breckinridge has recorded just .47 of an inch of precipitation since Oct. 21 -- none ...
But if there is any doubt that we have had significant relief from long-term dryness now, that should be thoroughly soaked over the weekend, when 1 to 2 inches, locally more, of rain appears likely in just about all of our region. Waves of low pressure rippling along a slow-moving cold front to our northwest ...
Alabama is still mired in drought, but recent rains have beat it back a bit in some parts of the state. This week's U.S. drought Monitor report, released Thursday, showed significant improvement in central Alabama, while drought conditions remained virtually unchanged in north and south Alabama.
The Feb. 8 drought monitor shows an increase in severe drought conditions across the Hill Country, and extreme drought conditions for the Texas panhandle. draft. 90 percent of the State of Texas is under abnormally dry to extreme drought conditions, that's up from 41 percent just three months ago. draft.
The drought in the country will soon be declared a national disaster, opening up the way for government to provide financial and humanitarian aid to the province, Business ... droughts in the Northern Cape, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape have reportedly already been declared provincial disasters.
Cape Town's ominous day zero has been moved back from April 16 to May 11, thanks to a generous donation from farmers in the Western Cape Province. On Feb. 6, farmers north of the city opened their dams to allow about 10 million liters of water to flow down to the drought-stricken city. The city is about ...
Below is the latest drought Monitor, updated on a weekly basis. This winter, our drought conditions have gradually worsened with a significantly dry December and January. These drought conditions are in the D2 "severe" category right over the I-95 corridor of the DC metro. Both Virginia and Maryland ...
Ducey's office announced Wednesday it wants funding to remove brush and other dangerous fuels doubled because the ongoing drought has vastly increased wildfire risk. He had asked for $1 million but wants that brought to $2 million. The current year's $1 million wasn't completely spent, but Ducey is ...
The cause: a drought thousands of miles away. Insufficient rains in India have resulted in several years of poor harvests of chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus. The country, by far the world's largest producer of chickpeas, mostly grows the legume for domestic consumption. But worse-than-expected ...
Still, there are some commonalities. After California's governor declared a drought state of emergency in 2014, all three utilities cut back their water use far more than in previous droughts. A previous state of emergency declaration in 2009, in contrast, received little media attention or public responsiveness, ...
A lack of snow cover this winter as shown in a corn stubble field north of Bismarck is an example of the possible continuation of last year's drought in North Dakota. ... The drought North Dakota experienced in 2017 could continue into 2018, according to Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and professor of ...


 

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