‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

Fast-moving droughts like this one are developing more and more quickly as climate change pushes temperatures to new extremes, recent research indicates—adding a new threat to the dangers of pests, flooding, and more long-term drought that farmers in the US already face.

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

As of 3 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of the upper South Island, much of Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

As of 19 April, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in parts of the West Coast, central Otago, and northern Southland.

Hotspot Watch 14 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 14 April 2022

In the South Island, a and of moderate-to-heavy rainfall looks to move over Fiordland, Southland and the West Coast on Saturday 15th , delivering widespread 20-80 mm about western areas, and 5-15 mm for other parts of Southland and southern Otago.

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2022

The driest soils across the South Island, when compared to normal for this time of year, are found in Southland and southern Otago, while the wettest soils are found in northern coastal Canterbury, about Kaikoura.

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

As of 22 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are located in Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located in parts of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

As of 22 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located across much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato.

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and central North Island.As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

Hotspot Watch 10 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 10 February 2022

As of 7 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

Hotspot Watch 4 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 4 February 2022

As of the 2 February, the NZDI map below shows that dry conditions extend from Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough, across the Southern Alps and ranges, and down to much of Otago and Southland, including Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

As of 25 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across nearly all of the upper North Island, Bay of Plenty, parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. In addition, very dry or extremely dry conditions are located in much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato, while a small area of meteorological drought has emerged in northwest Northland.

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in southern Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

These infestations can be fatal for pines—a 2019 study found that among ponderosa pines attacked by bark beetles following the drought, an estimated 90 percent of them died.

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

His recent book, Move: The Forces Uprooting Us, analyzes where people are relocating to and how the “map of humanity” will shift in the coming decades, with an eye toward climate change, politics, jobs, and technology.More Americans are moving for jobs and affordable housing than because of climate change, Khanna says.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

The sparse rainfall and low water levels are one reason that state officials in June built a $10 million emergency project—the size of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid laid on its side—to keep ocean saltwater from surging into the delta.

Hotspot Watch 9 April 2021

Hotspot Watch 9 April 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across most of the northeastern South Island, as well as Otago and eastern Southland.

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2021

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2021

As of 24 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions extend from southern Northland to Wellington, excluding Taranaki, and across the east of the North Island, as well as Marlborough, eastern and coastal Canterbury, parts of Otago and Southland.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2021

As of 24 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across most of the central and eastern North Island, northeastern South Island, as well as parts of Otago and Southland.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across the northeastern South Island as well as parts of Otago and Southland.

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that meteorological drought is in place in a small portion of East Cape, while widespread dry-to-extremely dry conditions are in place across nearly all of the North Island.

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry-to-very dry soils are found in the northeastern South Island and along parts of eastern Canterbury.

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2021

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2021

Widespread dry-to-extremely dry soils are in place in the remainder of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and much of the eastern North Island.

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2021

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that meteorological drought and severe meteorological drought are in place in the northern half of the Far North District as well as a small portion of East Cape.

Hotspot Watch 28 January 2021

Hotspot Watch 28 January 2021

The driest soils across the North Island, when compared to normal for this time of the year, are found in much of Northland, northern and western Waikato, and parts of the east coast.

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2021

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2021

Hotspots are currently in place in much of Northland, parts of Auckland, northern Waikato and a small portion of East Cape, while hotspots have strengthened in eastern Wairarapa and expanded to include the eastern Tararua District and coastal Hawke’s Bay. The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that meteorological drought and severe meteorological drought are in place in the northern half of the Far North District.

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2021

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that meteorological drought has emerged in the Aupouri Peninsula, with widespread dry to extremely dry soils in the rest of Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.

Hotspot Watch 17 December 2020

Hotspot Watch 17 December 2020

As of 14 December, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that drier than normal soils are located in much of Northland, southern Auckland, parts of coastal Canterbury and Otago, and interior Otago.

Hotspot Watch 19 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 November 2020

Due to the expected rainfall over the next week, much of the North Island will likely see at least small soil moisture increases, with some locations possibly seeing moderate increases.

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

As weather systems tracked toward New Zealand from the west and north, they lacked moisture because of cooler eastern Indian Ocean seas caused by the IOD.NIWA’s climate change expectations suggest spring average rainfall decreases for northern New Zealand, including Auckland.