• Today
    September 17

  • 05:22 AM

Despite rains, concerns over regional drought situation prevail

CMC,

Added 03 September 2019

drought

BRIDGETOWN – The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) Tuesday said even as rainfall continues to increase across the region, there’s more concern over long term drought that can continue to cause below normal levels of groundwater, large rivers and reservoirs.

In its September bulletin, the CDPMN said that even as the rainfall increased, there were pockets of concern, including in parts of Belize and Jamaica, where there was at least temporary relief for the most part, as the El Niño dissipated.

“Though there not many concerns over short term drought that can impact agriculture, streams and ponds by the end of November, there is much more concern over long term drought that can continue to cause below normal levels of groundwater, large rivers and reservoirs. Long term drought is most likely to evolve in portions of the Guianas, the eastern Caribbean and Belize by the end of November,” the CDPMN warned.

It said that mixed rainfall conditions were experienced in the islands of the eastern Caribbean for July. Trinidad was exceptionally dry in the west to slightly wet in the east; Tobago normal to moderately wet; Grenada, St Vincent, Dominica and St Kitts normal; Barbados and Antigua normal to slightly wet; St Lucia and Martinique normal to moderately dry.

It said that conditions in the Guianas ranged from exceptionally wet in southwest Guyana and northern French Guiana to exceptionally dry around the northern Suriname/French Guiana border. Curacao was moderately dry.

Jamaica ranged from severely dry in the south to slightly wet in the northwest. Cuba ranged from normal in the south and southwest to moderately wet in the west and north and to very wet in the east, while northern Bahamas ranged from exceptionally wet to moderately dry from south to north. CDPMN said conditions in Belize ranged from normal in the south to extremely dry in central and eastern areas and to the north.

It said in the shorter term drought situation – by end of November – drought might possibly develop in much of Belize, Dominica, Martinique, Trinidad and Suriname, while long term drought situation for the same period is evolving in much of Belize, Dominica, French Guiana, Martinique, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent and Suriname.

The CDPMN said that long term drought might possibly develop in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao as well as Antigua, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad. (CMC)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Do you believe there should be staggered hours to start and end school?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM