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Snow Headed for the Northwest, Including Portland; Significant Rain Expected in California - weather.com Western Storm Concerns

Snow Headed for the Northwest, Including Portland; Significant Rain Expected in California - weather.com Western Storm Concerns | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
After a dry winter so far, an atmospheric pattern will set up that will allow rain and snow to return to the parched western states.
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Explaining the Sahel drought problem

Millions of people in the Sahel region are facing severe food shortages because of drought.The Sahel is a dry stretch of land south of the Sahara that stretches across 12 countries.
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This video provides on the scene of the current drought in Sahel region with the Red Cross and  Al Jazeera live coverage

 

 

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Interactive: Mapping the Sahel drought

Interactive: Mapping the Sahel drought | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Aid agencies say the combined effects of poor weather conditions and governance have placed millions of lives at risk.
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The Sahel African Transition zone is between the Sahara Desert and Sudan savannah.  It has a semi arid climte and located between the Atlantic and Red Sea.  It includes Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan ,Eritrea. 

 Desertification is due to over farming, over grazing, overpopulation and as a result there is soil erosion, dust and sand storms, famine,d isease, and starvation. 

 There are areas with political and violent conflict.  Increased food prices and international aid are occurring. 

Rain in the area is due to tropical convectio, West African monsoon (June) and in El Nino warms Pacific Ocean. 

 

Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Maliare featured in this interactive map.

(North Mali is self proclaimed Azawai) and Mali is politically unstable.  Starvation and displacement is occurring.

 

The Sahel is an area that trades with Mediterranean and Europe, environmental fragile ecosystem, growing population, cultural transition of Muslim, Arab, Black, and Christian(in the south).

 

 

click on the website below for a pretty good map:

 

 

http://wikitravel.orgenSahel       Map  Of  Sahel  Region     

 

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