South China Droughts--->1000 Schoools Closed + Cloud-Seeding

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PostMon Mar 29, 2010 11:25 pm » by Newearthman ... AD9ELI3480
A girl carries bottles of water fetched from a mountain spring at a village in Qinglong county, in China's Guizhou province, Monday, March 22, 2010. The worst drought in decades in China's southern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Sichuan, as well as the Guangxi Autonomous Region and the city of Chongqing, has forced local governments to tap underground water sources and use cloud seeding to produce rain for agricultural production. (AP Photo)

China drills more wells, seeds clouds amid drought
By CHI-CHI ZHANG (AP) – 4 days ago

BEIJING — Emergency wells were being drilled and cloud-seeding operations carried out in southern China, where the worst drought in decades has left millions of people without water and caused more than 1,000 schools to close, officials said Thursday.

Provincial and national land resources bureau officials met in Kunming, capital of the hardest-hit province of Yunnan, to discuss details of deploying workers to dig wells and increase cloud seeding and other aid to people in need of drinking water, according to a director at the Yunnan Land Resources Bureau, surnamed Ma.

"The situation here will get worse in the coming months before it gets any better, but hopefully with more wells and water being diverted to those in need, we can help ease the situation," said Ma, who like many Chinese officials would give only his surname.

The drought, which has left southwestern China suffering since last year, has affected about 61 million people and left more than 12 million acres (about 5 million hectares) barren in Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing and Guangxi, the official Xinhua News Agency cited the Ministry of Civil Affairs as saying.

For parts of Yunnan, it is the worst drought in a century, with about 5.4 million people facing water shortages, Ma said.

Workers there are drilling daily in hopes of digging 1,035 wells by mid-May, with 52 already functioning and 288 under way, providing 20 percent of the needed drinking water, he said.

"Cloud seeding hasn't been very successful, so even though we are drilling for wells and diverting water from dams to people in need, new areas will begin to suffer as long as there is no rain," said Ma.

No details were given on the cloud-seeding efforts. China has been experimenting with weather modification for decades, using a technique known as cloud-seeding to induce rainfall, though international scientists say there has never been proof that such methods produce results.


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PostTue Mar 30, 2010 12:49 am » by Kingz

:o WOW... that is some crazy shit, I knew cloudseeding allegedly could lead to this... but that they acknowledge it :shock:
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PostTue Mar 30, 2010 6:07 pm » by Newearthman

I don't get why they don't build de-salinization plants to purify salt water from the ocean??? Doesn't make sence why we don't do it all over the world!!! We don't have a problem with oil!

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PostTue Mar 30, 2010 6:12 pm » by Newearthman ... n-a-month/
China Rushes To Bomb Its Clouds As Rice Prices Spike 10% In A Month

Vincent Fernando, CFA
Business Insider
March 29, 2010

Severe drought in Southwestern China is driving up food prices and heightening concerns about the availability of drinking water.

China Daily:

Huang Weijuan, a Guangzhou housewife, said she spent 55 yuan ($8) to buy a bag of rice in Taojin agricultural bazaar in the city’s Yuexiu district over the weekend.

“But the price for the same bag of rice, which weighs 20 kg, was about 50 yuan a month ago,” Huang said.

And the price of courgette, a vegetable which mainly grows in Yunnan province, is now selling at 5 yuan per kg in the bazaar, up 0.5 yuan from last month, Huang said.

“The price of many foods and vegetables have gone up in the past month and I worry that prices will keep increasing,” she said.

The government is rushing to help in order to alleviate the potential for social tension. In some of the hardest hit provinces, the government has been forced to provide emergency supplies of drinking water to 18 million people. They’ve also resorted to creating artificial rain through cloud-seeding. Over 3,200 artillery pieces bombarded the sky with chemicals across 77 counties, forcing moderate rain to fall.

“It was the first rain I have seen since last October, but it only lasted for about three hours from 3 am to 6 am this morning,” Bu Lupiao, a farmer of Bapiao village in Jinghong county, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture.

Since October… That’s one heck of a drought. Yet the farmer above was lucky. In Chuxiong Yi prefecture, over 100 cloud seeding guns failed to create rain. Cloud seeding isn’t a long-term solution, thus the natural rain better come soon else there could be more pressure on living standards in drought-hit regions.

They don't use spraying, they litterally bomb the sky!

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PostTue Mar 30, 2010 6:20 pm » by Savwafair2012

Drought continues to wreak havoc in southwestern China

Photo taken on March 17, 2010 shows the thirsty fields of a terrace in
Donglan County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The
drought in Donglan County, one of the drought-stricken areas in Guangxi,
had affected 82,300 Mu (5486 hectares) of farmland by March 17 and
81,600 people were denied easy access to drinking water. The local
government and people were mobilized to fight against the drought here.
(Xinhua/Zhang Ailin)

The meals of Li Shaorong and his wife contain only plain rice, pickles
and a few slices of radish.

For months, they've had no soup.

Their house is dusty, and towels are as hard as cardboard -- no one in
the family remembers when was the last time they were wet.

Their home village of Shiyanzi in Xundian County of southwest China's
Yunnan Province is at the center of the worst drought to hit the
province in a century.

The village has had no rain for six months. "The horsebean and rape has
withered in the field and we're running out of grain in the house," said Li.

For months getting drinking water has been a problem. The local
government has been rationing out water to each household since January
-- a meager amount just enough to keep everyone alive.

Bathing, or even face washing, is out of the question.

"I use a few drops of water to rinse my eyes every other day," said Li.
"I've never seen such a drought since I was born."

The Yunnan provincial climate center said the drought, which started in
September, was the worst in any living person's memory.

"The average precipitation was down by 60 percent, and the drought will
persist until mid May," said Zhu Yong, head of the center.

The drought has left nearly 8 million people short of drinking water in
Yunnan, which has the country's third largest water resource.

It has wreaked havoc, cutting by half the harvests of fruits, tea,
rubber, coffee, flower and other economic crops that are pivotal to the
local economy.

Yunnan Province is responsible for nearly 80 percent of all fresh flower
sales in China's market. Many cities across the country have reported
nearly a 100 percent price rise and a remarkable drop in supplies.

On Tuesday, a group of excavators dug out a 150-meter deep well, hitting
water in Ershan County of Yuxi City, the first success after two weeks
of excavation for water in six cities across the thirsty province.

The well, which is expected to provide 500 cubic meters of water daily,
will feed more than 4,000 people in Huanian Town, which has 12 rural
communities and a secondary school, said Li Lianju, deputy chief of land
and resources in Yunnan.

"We aim to dig at least 1,000 wells across the province to provide for
up to 1 million people," said Li.

Severe drought has also plagued the neighboring Guizhou Province, where
17 million people are short of drinking water, the provincial flood
prevention and drought relief office said Wednesday.

Eighty-six out of the total 88 cities and counties are suffering from
the drought, it said in a press release.

In Qianxinan Prefecture, one of the worst-hit areas, villagers are seen
waiting in long lines, day in day out, for drinking water rationed out
by the local government.

A river in Bajie town of the prefecture ran dry in early February. "It
was at least three meters deep," said Song Xiuguo, a local resident.

On the exposed riverbed, villagers were trying to wash their clothes
with whatever was left of the river water.

As of Tuesday, 6.45 million hectares of cropland was suffering from
drought, at least 1.8 million hectares more than last year, the national
flood prevention and drought relief headquarters in Beijing said.

It said the worst-hit areas include Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan
provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing Municipality.
More than 20 million people in total were suffering water shortages.

In Guangxi, 12 of all 14 cities are suffering from drought. A reservoir
in Donglan County, which dried up at the end of last year, had cracks
nearly 10 centimeters wide at its bottom, a result of the sustained drought.

Though spring plowing has begun even in the cold, dry northern
provinces, the cropland in most parts of southern Guangxi remains infertile.

Instead of toiling in the field, peasant Zhang Yining just crouched in
the field, sullen and helpless. "There's nothing I can do except wait
for rain," he said.

Experts with the national climate center have described the winter
climate as "abnormal." While the southwestern region has been harassed
by the centennial drought, the northern and central provinces have
suffered excessive snow.

Beijing alone, which is normally arid for three quarters of the year
except for summer, reported 10 snowfalls since November, the latest of
which fell in mid March, an unusual occurrence for most Beijingers.

Experts are hoping the abnormal weather will not prevent the country
from meeting its grain output target of at least 500 million tons.

China largely relies on the north and central regions for grain output.
The drought-hit southwestern region, however, is not one of the
country's leading grain areas.

Severe Spring Floods Forecast for US Upper Midwest, South and East*

Environmental News Service

WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2010 (ENS) - An unusually wet and snowy winter
will increase the potential for spring flood events, the National
Weather Service warned today. Seasonal flooding already has begun and is
forecast to continue through spring in parts of the Midwest, said the

Forecasters said the South and East are more susceptible to flooding
than usual this year as an El Nino influenced winter left the area
soggier than usual.

Overall, more than a third of the area in the lower 48 states has an
above average flood risk after one of the snowiest winter seasons in
many years. December precipitation was up to four times above average.
Current flood map shows major flooding in purple, moderate flooding in
red. (Map courtesy USGS)

The highest threat is in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa, including
along the Red River Valley where crests could approach the record levels
set last year.

"It's a terrible case of deja vu, but this time the flooding will likely
be more widespread," said NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco. "As the
spring thaw melts the snowpack, saturated and frozen ground in the
Midwest will exacerbate the flooding of the flat terrain and feed rising
rivers and streams.

"We will continue to refine forecasts to account for additional
precipitation and rising temperatures, which affect the rate and
severity of flooding," she said.

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven said Sunday that President Barack
Obama has approved his request for a federal declaration for the state
under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act due to weather
conditions and forecasts indicating a strong potential for severe spring
flooding. Disaster relief was approved for North Dakota 18 counties and
the Spirit Lake Nation reservation.

The state and many communities and counties are already allocating
resources and preparing for widespread flooding.

Today, Governor Hoeven joined a group of Fargo South High School
students to help pass sandbags from pallets into backyards of houses
along the Red River in south Fargo. The sandbags are being used to
create flood barriers in an effort to protect homes from the rising
water of the Red River.
North Dakota Governor John Hoeven helps to place sandbags against the
rising Red River. (Photo North Dakota National Guard)

In South Dakota, Governor Mike Rounds says 12 counties and two American
Indian reservations will get federal financial assistance to help
recover from the Christmas blizzard of 2009 through a presidential
disaster declaration signed last week by President Obama.

"I'm pleased that federal aid has been promptly approved by the
President," Governor Rounds said. "Unfortunately, the area struck by the
Christmas-period blizzard continues to be plagued by an excess of
moisture. We are now monitoring rivers and streams that are at or near
flood stage."

Saturated soil conditions, high water content in the current snowpack,
full ponds and wetlands that result in minimal available surface
storage, and the prospects of additional moisture and ice jams through
the spring snowmelt are all contributing to the flood forecast.

Until early March, consistently cold temperatures limited snow melt and
runoff, and the ground is frozen to a depth as much as three feet below
the surface, meteorologists said.

"In the South and East, where an El Nino-driven winter was very wet and
white, spring flooding is more of a possibility than a certainty and
will largely be dependent upon the severity and duration of additional
precipitation and how fast existing snow cover melts," said Jack Hayes,
PhD, director of the National Weather Service.

"Though El Nino is forecast to continue at least through spring, its
influence on day-to-day weather should lessen considerably," said Hayes.

Without a strong El Nino influence, climate forecasting for the spring
months April through June is more challenging, but NOAA's Climate
Prediction Center says odds currently favor wetter-than-average
conditions in coastal sections of the Southeast.

The center predicts warmer-than-average temperatures across the western
third of the nation and Alaska, and below-average temperatures in the
extreme north-central and south-central United States.

This is Flood Safety Awareness Week, says Hayes, who is reminding all
drivers across the country "Turn Around, Don't Drown.

"It floods somewhere in the United States or its territories nearly
every day of the year, killing approximately 100 people on average and
causing nearly $7 billion in damages," said Hayes. "Awareness,
preparedness and action are the key ingredients to protecting lives and
property when floods threaten."

Roadway flooding can be deceptively deep, and it only takes six inches
of water to lose control of a vehicle. It is imperative that people use
extreme caution when driving at night, when it is difficult to determine
if a road is flooded. It is also important to avoid areas that you know
are already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.

To help community decision-makers and residents understand their risk,
monitor threatening situations and take action when warranted, NOAA
produces river and flood forecasts and warnings. Flood forecasts are
available at, and are also broadcast over NOAA
Weather Radio All Hazards.
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