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Drought Affecting 2.7 Million Households in South Africa

Posted by feww on February 19, 2016

Five SA provinces have already been declared drought disaster areas

Authorities have declared drought disaster in five South African provinces—Limpopo, North West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga—as worst drought on record continues to plague much of the country.

Drought has decimated the nation’s agricultural output, killing livestock, pushing up food prices and increasing unemployment.

Speaking to the parliament, President Zuma said the drought issue was a big problem affecting millions of people across the country.

“The impact on the agricultural sector is severe and it will affect us for a long time to come.

“Farmers are facing serious challenge of dying livestock due to the drought… fact is, the drought is here…”

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U.S. Weather Extremes January – April 2015

Posted by feww on May 15, 2015

U.S. Selected Significant Climate Anomalies January – April 2015

Selected monitoring stations shown on the map had one of their three warmest, coolest, wettest or driest January through April on record. Bold white circle show record value at the station’s current location. The smaller circles indicate year-to-date results that were 2nd or 3rd place among a station’s history. To avoid many overlapping or crowded dots in a region, a small subset of stations across the United States were plotted. There are many stations having “top three” or “bottom three” years that are not depicted in the map. The stations under consideration are listed in other supplemental pages (temperature, precipitation). Source: NCDC/NOAA.

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Ferocious Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations in SoCal

Posted by feww on September 14, 2014

MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02

Another Major Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes in Drought-Stricken Calif.

The Silverado Fire has consumed about 650 hectares in the Cleveland National Forest burning through brush and chaparral and threatening 217 homes amid California’s record drought and 3-digit, record-high temperatures.

The fire started Friday morning near the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road and is expected to continue through the weekend. At this time the fire is headed northeast, said Inciweb.

Approximately 738 fire personnel are now on site with 10 rotary and 5 fixed-wing aircraft currently in use.

An evacuation order affecting approximately 217 homes remains in place from 30331 Silverado Canyon Road east to the end of the road.”


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as well as  Santa Monica Mountains warning of heat indices rising to 110 degrees (44.3°C).

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for southern California, as well as NW Oregon, W Washington state, and SW Wyoming, as of posting.

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