For Months Without Rain Brasília’s Green Turns to Brown

Dry season in BrasíliaThe dry season in central Brazil lasts from April/May to September/ October. The last time it rained in Brazilian capital Brasília this year was on May 26. There was one of three isolated showers in the month of May. In reality the rains ended in April.

Many visitors to Brasília are shocked. After all, they expect a lush tropical landscape and what they get is a brownish, gray dusty place with many black patches along the highway where the brush has been burnt off. The dry season is the burning season.

A strong cold front moved up from Argentina over the weekend, lowering temperatures significantly in southern Brazil where some snow fell in higher areas. That was the third snowfall this year down there – a little unusual. Ah, climate change.

Meteorologist Giovani Dolif says that the cold front will not make a lot of difference in central Brazil. It will be a little colder, but the rest remains the same – no chance of rain. That means humidity will be very low. In Brasília humidity reached 7% last week.

And the burning goes on. The Space Research Institute (“Inpe”), which uses satellite images to monitor the situation, says it registered 15,000 brushfires in Brazil over the weekend.

Large fires in at least four states (Mato Grosso, Pará and Maranhão) have been brought under control, but two fires in Tocantins continue to blaze out of control in two national park areas: Araguaia and Serra do Carmo.

ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Minister Word to Brazilian Landless: Our Settlement Figures Are Indisputable

In a note issued Thursday, December 22, the Brazilian Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) ...

Volkswagen and GM Jump on Brazil’s Biodiesel Bandwagon

Research for the use of biodiesel is progressing fast all around the world. A ...

Brazil and Argentina Ready to Create Binational Nuclear Agency

Brazil and Argentina are intent on addressing the creation of a binational nuclear energy ...

Missionaries Have to Go If We Are to Save Brazil’s Indian Culture

The fact that a considerable chunk of the Amazon is located within Brazilian borders ...

The PMDB Is Already Campaigning for National Elections in Brazil Despite the Law

The Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB), Brazil’s biggest political party, and part ...

Brazil Papaya on Its Way to the U.S.

The producers from the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia will start exporting, between September ...

Brazilians Becoming Moms at Younger Age

To an increasing extent, Brazilian women are younger when they have their first child. ...

A Time Bomb for Lula

Brazil’s debt burden expanded dramatically in terms of the national currency due to a ...

How Brazil’s Lula Is Fooling the World

Lula’s party, the PT, covered up its historic radicalism during Brazil’s presidential campaign with ...

Brazil’s Lula on Leaving IMF: ‘We Can Walk on Our Own’

Commenting on Brazil’s government decision not to renew the Stand-By Arrangement with the International ...