Dry period not quite a drought

25th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2007, DE BILT – Much of the Netherlands has not had rain in 33 days. That is an exceptionally long period, meteorological institute KNMI said on Tuesday. Long dry periods like this have only occurred four times in the past. Though even those did not last 33 days.

25 April 2007

DE BILT – Much of the Netherlands has not had rain in 33 days. That is an exceptionally long period, meteorological institute KNMI said on Tuesday. Long dry periods like this have only occurred four times in the past. Though even those did not last 33 days.

There was a smattering of rain in De Bilt on 3 April, which keeps the past period from qualifying as a drought. The KNMI expects that the dry period will last a bit longer.

The lack of rain and the sunny, warm weather have now led to a remarkable shortage of precipitation this year. April will probably hold a record for lack of precipitation

The dry weather is starting to cause problems for crops and various animal species. A spokesperson for the Nature Calendar at Wageningen University says at least nine species of butterfly are suffering because of the dry warm weather. "Caterpillars need leaves, leaves need water. A lot of water has evaporated because of the warm period."

The spokesperson did not want to say that the situation was "worrying" quite yet, but did stress that the forecast was not looking good in terms of precipitation. "Summer hasn't even started yet and the water shortage will become even greater then."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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