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Why Cape Town’s drought was so hard to forecast

19 Oct 2017, Conversation Media Group, the

An analysis on what drives extreme droughts suggests that anthropogenic climate change might have contributed to the current drought in Cape Town. Unlike the rest of South Africa, Cape Town does not have a predictable weather pattern related to El Niño and La Niña, making droughts less predictable and prompting calls for more flexible drought management strategies.


    National Platform
  • National Platform Focal Point:
    Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF)
  • Website: http://www.dwaf.gov.za/
  • Contact:Deputy Director Veldfires Regulation
  • Phone:012 334 0404 0828845541


  • Hyogo Framework for Action
  • HFA Focal Point:
    Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF)
  • Website: http://www.dwaf.gov.za/
  • Contact:Deputy Director Veldfires Regulation
  • Phone:012 334 0404 0828845541


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