Drought zone a step closer

Northern Advocate

  • By Annette Lambly and Mike Dinsdale
  • 23rd Feb 2013 6:00 AM

Northland rural leaders could ask the Government to declare the region an official drought zone for the third time in four summers.

A Northland Rural Support Trust meeting on Tuesday will assess whether the majority of the region (north of the Harbour Bridge) is affected enough for drought action.

Trust co-ordinator Julie Jonker said the group was assessing the impact the dry spell was having on the majority of the Northland region to decide whether it was drought time.

An official drought was declared in Northland in January 2010 and again the next summer in December 2010.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says soil moisture levels are so low the region is dry enough to be considered a drought zone again.

Figures from the Northland Regional Council show that, so far this year, 19.6mm of rain has fallen in Whangarei compared with the average of 220mm; In Dargaville 22.6mm has fallen compared with the 163mm average; 34mm in Kaikohe (222mm); 46mm in Kerikeri (121mm), and 16mm in Kaitaia (174mm).

Ms Jonker said there were still “patchy areas” which weren’t as badly off as others in the region, but farms in Dargaville, Warkworth and the Far North were already suffering from severe soil moisture deficit.

 

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4 Responses to Drought zone a step closer

  1. Marian says:

    I thought it was more common to have droughts in North Canterbury, not in Northland! The rain figures provide some clues, along with the constant sightings of aerosol spraying/geoengineering operations in the sky, that the natural weather is being manipulated to with-hold rain. How many locals up there are having their livelihoods destroyed with the explicit consent of the NZ Government, behind everyone’s backs?

  2. Ken Ring says:

    There will be no drought. From Ken Ring: Northland and Auckland including Whangaparoa get good falls in first half of March with local flooding possible in some areas in the third week, then heavy falls in the fourth week about 20th-27th. Dargaville’s rain is in the first and fourth weeks. The far north gets most rain amounts 3rd-8th and 20th onwards. Kaikohe and Whangarei get heavy falls around 4th-8th, 14th and 22nd. Coromandel may be wet enough to bring flooding. See
    http://www.predictweather.co.nz/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=450&type=home

    • Some of the farmers we spoke to in Northland at the Dargaville Field Days, which was held on Feb. 21-23, said that there was a drought now as far as they were concerned. For example, a sheep farmer near Daragaville mentioned that all his grass, apart from the drought-resistant kikuyu, was brown and the sheep were living off the kikuyu.

      The ground at the Field Days had large cracks in it owing to the lack of rain. So big were some of the cracks that we saw one person tripping in one.

      A number of farmers we spoke to said they had seen the aerosols/chemtrails over Northland, but did not know what they were. We advised them that they are used with weather modification technology, at the present time to induce drought and gave them copies of Why In The World Are They Spraying? which includes an interview with an award-winning weatherman named Scott Stevens, talking about how the trails are essential to manipulating the weather and an interview with a man called Mark McLandish, who was involved in developing the weather modification technology.

  3. Marian says:

    Floods on top of drought! Oh great news Ken… that will just add to the woes the farmers already have to cope with..The weather is being manipulated , that is the issue!

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