Drought to Worsen?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    A couple of days ago, on the national news, they said the drought is expected to move north and east in coverage as time goes by, and is expected to extend into October. Not a good forecast, for sure.
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    That's just great. For years now I've been building a ark for when all the glaciers melt from global warming and the earth gets flooded.
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    That can still happen, contrary to popular belief flooding is not the opposite of a drought, rather in more than a few cases the two work together to where you can have a drought stricken area that gets flooded on a regular basis, doesn't make sense some people say... But the drought we are suffering from isn't just from lack of rain, it's because when it does rain it comes down fast and furious so there's no time for it to seep into the ground but rather most of it washes away...

    When that happens trees and plants with deep root systems can't get any water so the plant adapts by allowing its roots to grow closer to the surface of the earth, unfortunately this also compromises plant stability so when a strong wind comes along it is very possible for shallow-rooted plants to simply uproot and fall over.

    That is how desertification happens, slowly, over a number of years lush areas can turn to dirt as plant life disappears.

    When over many years the rainfall is sporadic and when it does rain it comes down hard and fast, to make matters worse the erosion is amplified when we no longer have trees and plants to stop the water from running amuck, plant life normally slows erosion caused by run-off considerably...
    Deserts in most cases are not made of sand, some people think it is but only a few of the world's deserts consist of sand as we know it.
    Most deserts actually consist of good topsoil but erosion has so destroyed the landscape that little has a chance to take hold, meanwhile it gets very hot during the day and very cold during the night because dirt has little insulative quality, we as humans have ignored the problem for many years.

    These deserts spread, every year more of the earth is turned into areas where nothing will grow and it is becoming difficult to ignore.
    It started in Australia and Africa, now big parts of Asia are into it and most of northern Africa is all desert.
    Today, America as a continent (both north and south) are starting to see it as well.
    Currently about half the world is suffering from drought and flooding.

    Flooding is what happens when several water run-offs converge in one area where it simply can not run off fast enough, when it runs off so fast that at some point it bottlenecks, that's all flooding is, some might say improper drainage but it's also a by-product of desertification...

    Not sure if that helped lol
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  4. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    Wow herler, that makse me confused, sad, helpless, and scared. Wait I felt like that yesterday also. Nothing like being in a drought.
  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Not really. It's nothing I didn't already know. I was joking around. You sure do word stuff like another guy that use to be on here.
  6. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,665

    the mods need to turn all the drought related threads into a sticky. Herler, thanks for the tutorial! lol. Now how about one on the permafrost? Or a dissertation on desertification,(like that?) as relates to natural vs. man-made events? Oh, oh, that could get political!
  7. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 651

    Is that the same national news that predicted a wet summer a few months ago?
  8. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    The forecast for my area of Arkansas is not good for sure!! We've had a very bad 4 months already and the next 3 months don't look any better. About the only thing that might help now is a tropical system coming out of the Gulf of Mexico right up the middle of the country. Don't look good right now though. :mad:
  9. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,734

    I don't pay much attention to long range weather forecasting. I have seen a good many droughts start and/or end with little notice from weather forecasters. I found the best thing to do during a drought is not to read or watch on TV, long range forecast. Just too many variables influencing weather patterns that can change everything in an instant.
  10. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    we just better have a really snow-laden winter.

    that's all i got to say...

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