Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rain, rain?

I often get comments on this blog about the nice blue sky in so many of my photos. At first I wondered what people were going on about...but then I realised that what I take completely for granted - guaranteed blue skies practically non-stop from May to September - is not the norm everywhere. We're just lucky that way in this area.

The flipside of the blue sky is that it rarely rains. Nice for beachgoing, but not so great in the longrun for plants, animals and people. In fact, Apulia (this region of Italy) and the other regions of southern Italy are undergoing the process of desertification. Which means the transformation of land once suitable for agriculture into desert. Desertification can result from climate change or from human practices such as deforestation and overgrazing.

It looked like rain both yesterday and today...but...besides the clouds and distant thunder...no water came down from the sky.

6 comments:

USelaine said...

Our weather is just as dry in summer, sad to say. But I hope we aren't becoming a desert quite yet. Give us time.

Hilda said...

Oh wow, that sounds scary. I thought the gorgeous blue skies was just a seasonal thing and you'd get the dreary, rainy months eventually. Your description does not sound good at all.

marley said...

You can have some of our rain if you like! I've not heard about this effect on the land before, interesting but worrying.

Sally said...

Oh, yes, drought - something we understand so well.

Saretta said...

We do get some rain in the winter, but it's just not enough. Wish I could take some of your rain off your hands, Marley!

babooshka said...

You are right the planet and our individual area are foreve changing due to the topics mentions in the post. Interesting.