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Drought conditions return to Australia’s eastern states

Conversation: While much of Australia has received average to above average rainfall over recent months, parts of Australia such as western Queensland are in the middle of a drought. Drought has been a feature of the Australian climate throughout its recorded history. But compared with other parts of the world, Australia is not as dry as you might think. Continue reading

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Dust storms common in arid climate, desert terrain

Associated Press: Powerful dust storms that carry whirling dirt and debris are common occurrences across parts of Arizona and the arid Southwest during the spring and summer months. A day after a massive dust storm swept across an Arizona highway, killing three people in a 19-vehicle pileup, experts say the state isn’t alone, across the country or the world, in its susceptibility to such a weather phenomenon. Africa’s Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East are often hit with powerful dust storms, also called… Continue reading

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Dusty Springs in Asia, Africa Can Increase Snow in Calif

Climate Central: A dusty spring in Asia and Africa can increase snowfall thousands of miles away in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, according to a new study. The process begins when winds stir up tiny particles of dust, pollution, bacteria and heavy metals from the Taklimakan and Gobi deserts in Asia and the Sahara in northern Africa. Continue reading

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Forest fires: Britain bursts into flames

Telegraph: Well, I suppose, if you wait long enough, a barbecue spring — if not yet a summer — will eventually turn up, like the number 11 bus. And it has arrived with a vengeance. Continue reading

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Forest fires: Britain bursts into flames

Telegraph: Well, I suppose, if you wait long enough, a barbecue spring — if not yet a summer — will eventually turn up, like the number 11 bus. Continue reading

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United Kingdom: Summer drought looms following ‘driest March for 60 years’

Guardian: Water shortages may become a reality in England and Wales following an exceptionally dry March. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA England and Wales had their driest March in more than 60 years, with some parts of Cambridgeshire having less than 2mm – less than is normally recorded in the Sahara desert at this time of year – according to figures released by the government’s centre for hydrology and ecology (CEH). Experts warned that the next few weeks could be critical for water companies, farmers… Continue reading

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