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Residents in southeastern Brazil have been unable to see the horizon for weeks, and the country has been unable to break free from its chronic drought for months.

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The extensive sandstorms that have swept across the country’s southeast region, laying a layer of sediment on houses, cars, and entire neighborhoods can be blamed for the clouded horizon. Sandstorms that have turned lethal have wreaked havoc on towns and cities across So Paulo’s heavily populated area.

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At least six people have died as a result of the abnormally powerful storms in recent weeks, with deaths caused by fallen trees, house damage, and other storm-related damages. Multiple sandstorms have erupted in the region since then, with wind speeds reaching as high as 62 mph, according to weather forecasters. Towering, apocalyptic-looking brown dust clouds have been seen racing across the countryside and even over water, pouring silt from the sky as they bear down on structures, according to video footage shared on social media. According to recent climate forecasters, the drought is the worst in more than 90 years in the country, and it is causing devastating dust storms known as haboobs.

Haboobs are characterized by a wall of dust and dirt that blows around them. They can cause a rapid loss of visibility in as little as a few minutes.
According to The Brazilian Report, four of the fatalities occurred this week in the So Paulo cities of Tup and Santo Antônio do Aracanguá. A horrific fire broke out in Santo Antônio do Aracanguá on Oct. 1, just before the deadly dust storms arrived, killing three people. The drought, which has led vegetation to become extremely dry and flammable, has been blamed in part for the fire.

Strong winds blasted the fire as firemen attempted to partially contain it, causing a cloud of dust to form and the flames to flare up again, according to local media reports. Three other people have been injured, and more than 80 animals have died as a result of the fire.

“Sandstorms usually arise during the transition time from the driest season, which was winter, to the wetter season, which is usually between spring and summer,” said  Portuguese meteorologist. “Before this storm approaches, gust fronts emerge, causing strong gales that practically raise all the dust, keeping that aspect thoroughly shadowed.”

We have a beautiful sky when the heavy clouds build and combine with all the dust. “Dark and frightening.”

Brazil Heavy Sandstorms
Heavy Sandstorms In Brazil

That dry season, according to Meteorologist’s report, was even drier than usual. During the month of March, So Paulo receives 17.76 inches of rain on average. This year’s precipitation total was 40 percent lower. “This year’s drought has been exceptionally severe across Brazil,”  they remarked. “The moderate La Nia is to blame for a large part of the drought. The dry season, which usually ends in early spring, was extended into October as a result.”

As if the lack of precipitation wasn’t enough, the interior of the country was further dried out by a round of severe heat.

“During those months, there was also a severe heat wave in interior Brazil,” Roys stated. “As a result, the wet season, which corresponds to Brazil’s summer months, began late and finished early, around February. It isn’t until May that the dry season begins.”

Brazil Drought

It’s no secret that Brazil is one of the world’s largest exporters of coffee beans, so it’s no wonder that the country’s disastrous weather is having a direct impact on coffee prices in countries thousands of miles away. The southeast states, which have been hardest hit by the year’s bad weather, are the center of the country’s coffee bean production.

Two rounds of frost in July, according to The Associated Press, “blew a hole” in the country’s coffee supply, particularly with the popular Arabica bean. While the impact has been felt in the short term, with Arabica wholesale prices rising to over $2 per pound, coffee market experts told the Associated Press that the main blow will be felt in the harvests of 2022 and 2023.

 

reference – accuweather

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