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June 7, 2011 / Dave Gorham

Once Again, Disasterous Flooding Follows Drought

While following the China drought situation — and now the flooding rains — I had a feeling of déjà vu. A little research revealed it was exactly 364 days ago I posted a similar article on the same subject. Once again, a region afflicted by drought (the same region that I wrote about last year) has received flooding rains and it’s a total mess.

A stalled frontal system over southern China is to blame for flooding rains over an area affected by severe drought. Another 1 to 3 inches is expected today. A break is expected tomorrow, but more rain is expected Thursday and Friday. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps.

Last year’s post dealt with the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi. Once again, Guizhou is in the cross hairs, as are other areas of the Yangtze River basin, such as Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan. In Guizhou, nine are dead and 13 are missing.

The Yangtze River. Image: Wikipedia

With some areas reporting 50-60% less rainfall than normal, the drought is said by locals to be the worst in five decades or more.

Residents watch a flooding river in Jaingxi Province. Photo: The UK's Telegraph

Sadly, in many areas it really does seem like “feast or famine.” Here in Southeast Texas, we have thunderstorms in the area right now but we’re still more than 12 inches behind on annual rainfall. Unfortunately, the biggest way to make up that deficit is for something tropical like a hurricane or a tropical storm to come up from the Gulf of Mexico…













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