Weather, Temperature, and Droughts

Druce Chandler, Writer

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     If you are one to find out the weather forecast for that day, you may have listened to news stations on the radio, used an app that tells about the weather, or watched TV broadcast.  Those are all examples of ways to figure out the weather for that day, week, month, or year. But has anyone ever asked themselves about where weather forecasts were made? 

     According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, Admiral Robert FitzRoy started to use older styles of daily weather predictions, while circumnavigating the seas as Charles Darwin’s taciturn captain.  However, weather forecasting wasn’t invented until 1854 when he established a Met Office with the goal of reducing sailing times with better wind charts. On top of that, the website also said that before FitzRoy could give alerts on weather forecasting, about 7,402 ships were wrecked off Britain’s Victorian coast.  In addition, after one ships called the “Royal Charter” sunk in 1859, he was given authority to give weather warnings. Interestingly enough Robert FitzRoy used an electric telegraph to issue storm warnings. Today though we now have new sources for news tracking back to the electric telegraph.     

     With the fall equinox here as of September, 23 Southern Indiana has been dealing with dry weather patterns. For instance, in this part of Indiana, temperatures have been varying from 75°F to 90°F but it has left a few side effects. In particular, looking at leaves that fell to the ground, they looked more brown and dull compared to the typical colors. In addition to the leaves, some of the fields and grass around here have started to or have dried up. In addition, corn stalks look brown and dried up while it looks like some of the grass is turning brown faster than usual. Another thing that is happening is ponds are drying up (or have dried up) because of a lack of rain.  

     For these reasons, it seems as if we’re going through a drought which is a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water. Although this is nothing compared to the Dust Bowl in 1930, this drought still hit here and hurt the crops and dried-up ponds. However, according to a map on Weatherbug.com, it showed that rainstorms would hit during the night of September 23. Of course, the rain did hit here but it came around 3:00 in the morning and it was more of the less quiet than usual.  

     In spite of the droughts and weather, to elaborate on what will happen without rain, according to Quora.com someone said that “without rainwater, the content may decrease day by day, all the greenery will disappear, and most of the earth will become a desert.” Be that as it may, water is still a thing humans need to drink because it can help break down foods and dissolve compounds in the body and regulate body temperature according to Sciencing.com. In contrast, if something receives too much water, such as a plant, pond, river or lake it could flood over them and cause natural disasters to people living nearby. Likewise, an example of flooding could be the effects of what Hurricane Dorian did to the Bahamas, which costs about 1.5 billion to 3 billion dollars according to Consumers News Business Channel. Given these points, water will always be here as it makes up to 71% to 75% of the world and will never go away if we take care of it.