I can’t believe I just typed those words. I normally hate the rain, but we desperately need it now.
Today, the whole North Island of New Zealand was officially declared a drought zone. They are calling it the most severe drought in 70 years, and it is predicted to cost our economy $1 billion.
Our little country normally looks like this:
But right now, it looks like this:
You know it’s bad when the satellites can see how brown the grass is!
My home city has had its driest summer in 50 years.
We live near the top of the North Island. Where it’s really red.
It usually rains quite a lot where we live. Well, our weather is often described as “changeable”. Four seasons in one day. People in Auckland say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”. This is highly accurate. But we normally get a decent amount of rain in summer. For example, our monthly average rainfall during January, February and March is around 70-90mm, which is about a weeks’ worth of rain each month. This year, we’ve only had a few mm of rain, total.
Our house is on tank water, which means we run out of water when it doesn’t rain! Thankfully, we also share an underground bore with our neighbours, so we can top up the tank from there. But for many people, the lack of rain has meant they have had to buy water several times this summer (which isn’t cheap).
People living our nation’s capital city have been told they only have about 18 days’ of water left.
Yes, this hot, dry, sunny weather has been GREAT for going to the beach and enjoying what seems to be an endless summer. Especially when you love summer as much as me. But we really do need some rain now.
So please God, let it rain. But could you just wait until after Tyler’s school Gala tomorrow? Thanks!