Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

However, most locations in the upper and central North Island will likely see either little change or small decreases in soil moisture levels during the next week.

Hotspot Watch 16 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 16 October 2020

In the North Island, many locations received moderate to substantial rainfall amounts ranging between about 30-60 mm, including much of Northland, Waikato, Taranaki, Gisborne, and Hawke’s Bay. Meanwhile, amounts less than 30 mm were observed across eastern Northland, Auckland, Manawatu-Whanganui, and Wairarapa.

Hotspot Watch 8 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 October 2020

Meanwhile, the wettest soils for this time of the year are located from Manawatu-Whanganui to Hawke’s Bay. Despite the general drying of soils during the past week, no hotspots are currently found across the North Island.

Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

But next year, they plan to take soil exposed to decomposing human bodies and apply it to plants in a greenhouse to see whether it changes the appearance of their leaves.

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

© Manuel Morales Roman Like many of the places where The Nature Conservancy works, Chiapas, Mexico, is a biodiversity hotspot under threat: as the fertility of existing agricultural lands decreases, the agricultural sector expands into bordering forests.

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be possible in the next week along the West Coast, although minor to moderate decreases are likely in most other parts of the South Island.

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be likely in the next week along the West Coast and in parts of the upper South Island.

Hotspot Watch 23 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 23 April 2020

Many parts of the South Island saw small soil moisture increases during the past week, although small decreases were observed in northern Canterbury.While soil moisture increases will be possible in the lower South Island during the next week, expect further decreases across Marlborough and Canterbury.

Hotspot Watch 16 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 16 April 2020

While moderate soil moisture increases occurred across Tasman, West Coast, and the lower South Island, slight decreases were observed across much of Canterbury.With significant rainfall possible in parts of the North Island, many locations will likely see minor to moderate soil moisture increases during the next week.

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2020

With many locations across the North Island expected to see weekly rainfall totals of 25-40 mm (with isolated higher amounts), minor to moderate soil moisture increases will be likely in most areas.

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst conditions in the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover, and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale,” according to a new report titled Australia's Environment.

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2020

Generally light rainfall amounts across a majority of the North Island during the next week will likely result in soil moisture decreases in many locations, with most existing hotspots strengthening and expanding at least slightly.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought coverage has receded significantly in the past week, but it is still found in parts of Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, and East Cape.

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

You will not find an entrance to the mound, which distinguishes the pocket gopher from ground squirrels, voles and many other burrowing mammals.Pocket gophers block the entrance to the main tunnel with a loose plug of soil.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought currently encompasses most of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and small portions of interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in place from Bay of Plenty through the Central Plateau (see NZDI map).

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that all of the upper North Island is experiencing severe meteorological drought, along with East Cape and interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in many other locations.

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Despite this, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly during the past week, particularly in the Far North and from Waikato to Hawke’s Bay. The driest soils across the North Island, when compared to normal for this time of the year, are generally found in the northern half of the island along with Wairarapa, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located in Kapiti Coast.

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that all of the upper North Island as well as East Cape are experiencing severe meteorological drought, while the southern Waikato and eastern Taranaki to Manawatu-Whanganui and western Bay of Plenty are experiencing meteorological drought (see NZDI map).

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread severe meteorological drought, with meteorological drought also affecting central Waikato to Manawatu-Whanganui as well as East Cape (see NZDI map below).

Auckland set to break dry spell record

Auckland set to break dry spell record

The New Zealand Drought Index ( ) shows severe meteorological drought is widespread across Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.The summer of 2012-13 featured one of the worst droughts in decades for parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and the western South Island.

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

But step into the Martian-like dry valleys and you’ll be treading on a bustling community of tiny organisms, like nematode worms and ultra-hardy water bears and mites.“Really, that's the charismatic megafauna of continental Antarctica,” says evolutionary ecologist Byron Adams of Brigham Young University, who is currently surveying life on the continent.

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Due to the likelihood of heavy rain from Uesi, soil moisture levels will likely increase during the next week across the western and lower South Island.

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

Around 20 species of the 7,000 known grasshopper varieties transform into what’s known as a gregarious phenotype, which means their bodies actually change as they socialize into swarms.But why does the desert locust go gregarious, when the vast majority of grasshopper species remain solitarious?

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island (northern Waikato northbound) has widespread meteorological drought conditions.In the North Island, mostly dry conditions will continue during next week and rainfall is expected to be below normal for the time of year.

The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News

The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News

As millions of Chinese remain in lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a new global problem has arisen: a shortage of surgical masks.And that isn't just a problem for China: The US gets 95 percent of its surgical masks from overseas, and China is the world's largest supplier.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

Hotspot Watch 30 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 30 January 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island (northern Waikato northbound) has widespread meteorological drought conditions, and in fact, the Aupouri peninsula and pockets of Great Barrier Island have recently reached severe meteorological drought conditions (see map at bottom).

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread extremely dry soils, and some locations in Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato have reached meteorological drought conditions (see map at bottom).

Hotspot Watch 15 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 15 January 2020

As of 12 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that the upper North Island continues to have widespread very dry to extremely dry soils, and some locations could approach meteorological drought conditions with additional dry weather in the coming week.

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2020

Across the North Island, rainfall of generally less than 5 mm during the past week has led to notable soil moisture decreases for nearly all locations and expansion of existing hotspot coverage.