Drought Monitoring in the Caribbean

It has been noted by the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) that many Caribbean countries are concerned about drought conditions, due to the dry weather experienced in January.

However, both the CDPMN  (in Express Newspaper dated 21.02.2017) and the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) (February to April 2017 newsletter) note that short-term and long-term  drought continues to be a concern in Cayman, with N.Belize, Cuba and Tobago having prevalent long-term drought from December 31 up to April. Yet, it should be noted that the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) notes,  in the Trinidad and Tobago Dry/Wet Spell Monitor  and Outlook  by End of April 2017, that concerns for impactful dryness by April are still reduced, with improvement for Tobago due to the slight strengthening of positive Standard Precipitation Indices (SPIs).

Nevertheless, even with near normal rainfall across Trinidad and Tobago, from February to April 2017, persons are still expected to practice proper water conservation and storage, in order to reduce the negative impacts of such conditions, since the reservoir levels may not optimally be replenished.



Drought Conditions and Possible Solutions

For many of you that have been following the news, you may have heard about the use of “shade balls” in the Los Angeles Reservoir in a water saving effort.

If not you can read an article by AccuWeather on the initiative at the following link Shade Balls in Los Angeles Reservoir to Save 300 Million Gallons of Water Annually.

With many other countries experiencing drought conditions many have contemplated adopting such an initiative which is expected to save water, as well as, protect the quality of the water and slow algae growth.

Yet, not everyone are sold on the idea with some even seeing future detrimental impacts as noted in an article by Janice Kaspersen in  a post uploaded on the Stormwater Weekly cleverly titled “A Shady Plan to Save Scarce Water”.

Persons wishing to view this post, which may help them being better informed in making their plans for saving water, can view it at the following link A Shady Plan To Save Scarce Water.

Have you been aware of this initiative? What are your thoughts on the idea? Do you think this idea would work for your country?