South Africa Drought and Climate September 2017

The Western Cape continues to suffer an acute water shortage as rainfall sets record lows for recent years. The (regrettably poor screenprint) graph below shows a solid red line for 2017’s cumulative rainfall to 24 August which is now below any of the 40 earlier years’ lighter lines. The degree to which rainfall has fallen… Continue reading South Africa Drought and Climate September 2017

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Southern Africa Drought, Dam Levels, Outlook August 2017

My 23 June blog on this topic emphasised that despite the decline in the El Niño there was little indication of a La Niña developing (except for the forecast of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego). In its July update the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of… Continue reading Southern Africa Drought, Dam Levels, Outlook August 2017