A drought is one of the many natural hazards of nature that occur within Australia. It is a prolonged period of below average rainfall as well as continuous dry weather. This results in there not being enough water for individuals for essential everyday usage and causes impacts on humans and their surrounding environment.
A drought is a period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems. When rainfall is less than normal for several weeks, months, or years, the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases. If dry weather persists and water-supply problems
Rainfall is low and unpredictable in Australia. In summary, the environmental problems there are similar to Greenland under the Norse, including deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, but also salinization, introduced species, water shortage and man-made droughts (Diamond, 379).
Drought, like a destructing earthquake or flood, is a natural disaster. Drought is an insidious hazard to nature. It results from a deficiency of precipitation over a long period of time over an area. Precipitation is any kind of moisture like rain, snow, and sleet. One can determine how malicious a drought can be by the amount of precipitation, and how long it is (Gleick, 2006).
Drought condition exists throughout most of Arizona. Variable amounts of rainfall throughout last year’s where was significantly below the normal with surface water flows, reservoir levels, and well water pumping levels are at some of their lowest ever recorded all of that act as indication of drought occurrence. Drought is a normal recurring feature of climate, not a rare or random event. Climate influence water quality throughout temperature, precipitation, and wind by affecting the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water. For instance, temperature fluctuation results in more stress on aquatic organism within water body, in the same way wind fluctuation has a direct effect on evaporation rate. Municipal water providers in Flagstaff, Williams, Mayer, Pine, Strawberry, and in areas near Sierra Vista, Sonoita, and Picacho have suffered from some potable
Drought can occur for many different reasons. Drought mostly occurs by not receiving rain or snow for a prolonged period of time. This can occur if wind patterns change. Humans can also cause drought by cutting down broad areas of trees resulting in the soil in the ground being unable to hold water, a great example of this is the dust bowl of the
Women’s Rugby League in Australia constantly growing, and the New South Wales Rugby League took notice after the NSW team broke a 17-year-drought against Queensland earlier in the year, by setting a five year pathway plan to increase participation levels and equality in sport.
In 2011, Texas experienced its most gruesome drought since the 1950’s. During this drought the average rainfall from October through April was 5.82 inches. The drought effected the vast majority of the livestock, agricultural, and wildlife in Texas. Droughts cause numerous problems and effect vast amounts of wildlife and human lives.
For some, California represents a lifestyle enriched with post card views, glimmering shorelines, cutting edge technology, and fruitful farmlands. People envision the state as a symbol for a better life, however, it has been hit with a drought that has deteriorated its natural beauty and land to the point where it has become unrecognizable, primarily the Central Valley. California’s Central Valley has been most notable for its agricultural production and for essentially being the world’s greatest source for food. In the largest and most prolific economy in the United States, agriculture generates around $100 billion in exports annually (O’Connell), but in the past few years, the drought has forced this sector of economy and the citizens of
California has always been the “Golden State,” the state that everyone wants to live in. Californians are supposed to have everything that they want and for the most part that is exactly what they’ve gotten. However, recently all people hear about California is their huge summer water droughts.
The drought that has been occurring in the state of California, has brought on many complications. The drought is currently on its third year of dryness in the state. According to USAToday, the past three years have been the worst consecutive years of precipitation in the last 119 years of recorded weather data in the state. The California drought is just of many climate changes that have occurred throughout planet Earth’s time, while others are saying, global warming is to blame. Many ask if this problem can change into a more complicated situation, while others ask what could happen if this problem is left unresolved.
"While natural weather cycles are mostly to blame for the historic drought, man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are heightening the severity of the drought by raising air temperatures," consistent with a report by the earth Institute at Columbia University. As a result of hotter air evaporating moisture quicker, “Rising temperatures mean we have to get additional rain just to break even,” said A. Park Williams, the lead author of the report, which appears today in the Journal Geophysical research Letters. “Each drop and every snowflake is a little less valuable.”
HANAK, E. (2015). The Drought Is a Vital Stress Test for the Future. Environmental Forum,
Drought is a major natural hazard in Australia. Drought is defined as “a prolonged period of below average precipitation”. Unlike other natural hazards, the effect of drought is not experienced immediately, but can occur over a larger period of time and differs to low rainfall which occurs over a short period of time. The 1982-83 drought is an example of a severe Australian drought.
This is possibly due to a number of droughts occurring during this time period, we will explore the issue further in this paper. Potter, Chiew, and Frost (2010) reported that the average annual rainfall for the period 1997 to 2006 was approximately 16% lower than of the long-term average. Runoff has been 39% lower over the same period. In addition, there was a consecutive severe drought period in Australia during the 2000s, known as the Millennium drought. We also observe that the net population flow decreases from about 73% of the SA2s during the 2006-2014 period (S4).