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Meteorologists spend a lot of time focusing on rains: harsh weather, tropical cyclones, etc. However, the last episode of “Regardless of the weather” says the opposite: drought.

Here’s a preview of what Sarah and Kaiti cover in this episode:

What is a drought?

Droughts are a natural climatic picture characterized by a lack of precipitation, which leads to a lack of a vital resource – water.

Because water is very important, droughts have always had an impact on humanity and shaped our history.

Drought monitor

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a team of KSAT meteorologists include a drought monitor in their television forecasts. Drought Monitor is a graphical representation of where a drought occurs and how bad it is. This is a useful tool that is updated weekly.

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Example of a drought monitor and 5 categories (Copyright 2022, KSAT – All rights reserved.)

Drought meteorology

When drought is dry enough, droughts are essentially positive feedback – meaning they often worsen themselves. A small amount of rain leads to low soil moisture. No rain to replace soil moisture? Even higher evaporation rate and worsening drought.

This cycle continues until serious weather changes occur, as the only remedy for drought is frequent healthy rains. Sometimes droughts can last for years.

What exacerbates drought?

Drought is exacerbated by lack of rainfall. But what are the reasons what? One reason is La Nina – a climate that lasts two to three years that usually makes the southern U.S. and Texas warmer and drier than average.

Climate change is also affecting drought. Although climate change may not be the one the reason more drought, that means they will will probably be longer.

Simply put, the world is warming due to climate change caused by greenhouse gases. A warmer atmosphere causes a higher rate of evaporation, which reduces surface moisture, drying out soils and vegetation. According to NASA, the probability of mega-droughts will increase from 12% to 60%.

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About the podcast

Regardless of the weather, meteorologists Kaiti Blake and Sarah Spivey cover it in local news – about three minutes in between commercial breaks.

Rarely, however, do they have time to explain weather phenomena in depth. In “Regardless of the weather”, Kaiti and Sarah will tell you more deeply and tell you everything you want to know about Mother Nature – from tornadoes, icy rain and climate change. They also talk about what it’s like to be a broadcast meteorologist, and about the challenges they sometimes face in their daily television lives.

So put on your most insane glasses, put on the best headphones and enjoy … whatever the weather!

Follow the latest daily forecasts from Sarah, Kaiti and the rest of the KSAT Weather Authority team here.


How to broadcast

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