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Tech & Science Australia's drought may be causing New Zealand's glaciers to turn red

08:33  06 december  2019
08:33  06 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Warwick households 'told to stick to 100 litres of water per day'

  Warwick households 'told to stick to 100 litres of water per day' Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracey Dobey has called the drought “unprecedented”, as the region suffers through months without rain and dams that are quickly running dry. In order to try and extend the town water supply, Ms Dobey told Sky News that Southern Downs Regional Council has asked residents “to stick to 100 litres [of water] per day… that’s about eight buckets of water a day”.“No one has seen it this dry before,” Ms Dobey told Sky News host Paul Murray. “We’ve had up to 72 days without rain in the Warwick district. “When it does rain, we only get a few millilitres.

But a new phenomenon has arrived in New Zealand – for the past couple of weeks, the smoke and dust from the unprecedented bushfires in Australia have arrived in New Zealand . I was away from Wanaka when I started to see posts from all my Wanaka friends on social media about their cars

Whether the red coating in New Zealand ' s pristine mountains is dust, soot or something else entirely, Brandolino explains that you While bushfires are not directly caused by climate change, the severity of this year' s bushfire season in Australia has been attributed to the fact that all fire risk factors are

The drought gripping eastern Australia is having consequences as far as 2,000 kilometres away, with the ice on New Zealand glaciers turning red and pink.

a close up of a mountain: The ice in Southern Alps snowfields is tinged with red and pink. (Young Adventuress: Liz Carlson)© Provided by ABC NEWS The ice in Southern Alps snowfields is tinged with red and pink. (Young Adventuress: Liz Carlson) Photographs of New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park, on the south island, show discoloured ice across large swaths of the mountains.

Travel blogger Liz Carlson took the images on November 28 while on a helicopter tour of the glacier. On her blog, Young Adventuress, she suggested the odd colour came from the 80 bush fires burning in Australia at the time.

Farmers are critical of drought relief fund: ‘there is no money on the table’

  Farmers are critical of drought relief fund: ‘there is no money on the table’ Farmer Susie Rae has criticised Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition’s drought relief fund, telling Sky News the Christmas period “is going to be dire” and there “is no money on the table” from the government in the form of drought aid. The Narromine farmer told Sky News host Alan Jones and Peta Credlin that, while the government may have announced a drought relief fund with all the trimmings, most farmers are yet to see a cent to help. “Scott Morrison is not listening – there is no money on the table,” Mrs Rae said.

Australia ' s fires have turned our towns hazy, provided us with incredible sunrises - and now turned out glaciers pink and red . The bushfires raging across Australia have destroyed homes, turned entire towns orange, and now, painted the snow on some of the South Island' s glaciers red and pink.

A glacier in New Zealand covered in red dust (Liz Carlson/@youngadventuress). Communities in Queensland and New South Wales have been forced to evacuate, heavy blankets of smoke lingers over towns and the NSW environment department says the state is experiencing ‘some of the highest

"I just felt profoundly sad," she said.

"Sad for Australia's suffering and sad for our glaciers."

Summer outlook from Bureau of Meteorology suggests hot, dry times to continue

  Summer outlook from Bureau of Meteorology suggests hot, dry times to continue Fire and drought conditions are expected to continue into summer but there is a tiny ray of hope for temperature. With no end in sight, how does this drought compare to the big droughts of the past?Going in, swathes of the country are parched, water storages are down, streams are running low and fires are burning.

Australia ' s fires have turned our towns hazy, provided us with incredible sunrises - and now turned out glaciers pink and red . "It' s a bummer for tourists because it' s not normally how our glaciers look, really tragic for everything that' s happening in Australia and really puts into perspective the scale of

A drought or drouth is an event of prolonged shortages in the water supply, whether atmospheric (below-average precipitation), surface water or ground water.

But while Australia is likely the source of the problem, it is dust, not smoke, causing the odd colouring, University of Queensland geographer Hamish McGowan said.

"It's not uncommon to have this occur during periods of severe drought in eastern Australia," he said.

In the right conditions, dust particles can be blown across the Tasman Sea by north-westerly winds, coming down on the Southern Alps in rain or snow and leaving behind an orange discolouration, Professor McGowan said.

Dust particles from Australia may have fallen onto the ice in rain or snow.© ABC News Dust particles from Australia may have fallen onto the ice in rain or snow. "There is most likely also ash being deposited on the snowfields of the Southern Alps, but this would be visible as a dark or black discolouration of the snow and ice," he said.

The same phenomenon can be seen in the Australian Alps.

Record-breaking dust clouds

Dust storms have been occurring with record-breaking frequency in Australia in 2019, the citizen-science program DustWatch reported.

Kiwis not scared of Aussie Test pace stars

  Kiwis not scared of Aussie Test pace stars Australia's pace stars are licking their lips ahead of the day-night Test in Perth, but New Zealand's batsmen aren't quaking in their boots.The NZ Test team touched down on Saturday afternoon in Perth ahead of the day-night clash, starting on Thursday at Optus Stadium.

Australia ' s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought , officials have confirmed. "You turn up here because you've got to turn up. It' s just depressing." The weather in Australia naturally varies a lot year-on-year, and droughts are caused by many different, complex

Smoke and dust from Australia ’ s bushfires turns New Zealand ’ s glaciers pink. Sydney woke to an eerie red sunrise as bushfire smoke blanketed the Australian city and its famous harbour on November 21.

The glacier is in Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand's South Island.© ABC News The glacier is in Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand's South Island. Some towns in New South Wales recorded more than 200 hours of dust during the month of October.

Both dust and smoke clouds have reached New Zealand from Australia in the past, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed.

The so-called "red dawn" dust storm in September 2009 blanketed Sydney with red particles, with visibility reduced to 400 metres at its worst point. Dust particles were found not only in New Zealand, but as far north as Cairns.

Winds from Australia are not the only threat to New Zealand's glaciers. A 2014 study of the Franz Josef Glacier found the pace of erosion was likely to speed up as global temperatures rose due to climate change.

Desperate calls for unity in Qld drought .
Drought gripping almost 70 per cent of Queensland has prompted the body representing the state's local governments to call for unity on water security. Local Government Association Queensland boss Greg Hallam urged the prime minister and Queensland premier on Tuesday to work together on water security after eight additional areas in the state were drought declared. Mr Hallam said the drought should be at the top of the agenda for both federal and state governments and urged Scott Morrison and Annastacia Palaszczuk to consider their drought and water security strategies.

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