National Drought Day

A group of diverse individuals standing together in a dry field, wearing summer clothes and holding watering cans, showcasing unity and determination against drought..
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Hey there, folks! Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of National Drought Day. This special day is all about raising awareness and learning about the impacts of drought. Let's explore the history, significance, and some fun facts surrounding this important national observance.

When is Drought Day?

It's national drought day on the 9th June.

The Internet and National Drought Day

While the internet is filled with the excitement of cute cat videos and quirky memes, it also serves as a platform for spreading awareness about critical issues like drought. National Drought Day is no exception, as people from all walks of life come together online to shed light on the challenges faced during extended periods of dry weather.

On June 9, 2017, the internet was buzzing like a thirsty mosquito on National Drought Day. With 149 online mentions, it was a real drought extravaganza. Tweets, blog posts, and news articles popped up left and right, all united in their quest to educate and engage the online community.

What is National Drought Day?

National Drought Day provides an opportunity for individuals, communities, and organizations to take a step back and think about the impacts of drought on our environment, agriculture, water resources, and daily lives. It's a day to learn, share, and discuss strategies for managing and mitigating the effects of drought.

This special observance aims to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation, sustainable farming practices, and the development of innovative solutions to combat drought-related challenges. Whether you're a plucky gardener or a big-time policy-maker, National Drought Day calls upon everyone to come together and make a difference.

Fun Fact: Drought and Desert Romance

Did you know that droughts sometimes play a role in the quest for love? When the water supply dwindles, it creates a scarcity that can ignite a spark between two individuals. Picture this: two cacti, standing tall, thirsting for companionship. They catch a glimpse of each other amidst the barren landscape and something special happens. Hearts bloom, flowers blossom, and love finds a way in even the driest of times.

History behind the term 'Drought'


Origins of the term 'drought'

The term 'drought' originates from the Middle English word 'droghte,' which was derived from the Old English word 'drugath' meaning 'dryness' or 'dry period.' This word was further linked to the Old High German word 'truhse,' which also meant 'dryness.' The concept of a prolonged period of dry weather causing water scarcity led to the term 'drought' being used to describe such conditions.


Early references in literature

In the 14th century, the term 'drought' became more prevalent in literature. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written between 1387 and 1400, makes references to 'droughts' in the context of dry spells and lack of rain. This indicates that the term had gained recognition as a specific descriptor for prolonged dry periods.


Scientific study and understanding

During the 17th century, scientific interest in meteorology and the study of weather patterns grew. Scholars and scientists began to investigate the causes and effects of droughts. This led to a deeper understanding of the phenomenon and the recognition of droughts as natural occurrences with specific climatic conditions. The term 'drought' became an essential part of scientific discussions on weather and climate.


Drought as an official meteorological term

In 1874, the term 'drought' was officially adopted as a meteorological term by the International Meteorological Congress held in Vienna, Austria. This recognition further solidified the term's usage and its importance in scientific and meteorological discussions worldwide.

20th century

Modern understanding and mitigation strategies

In the 20th century, with advancements in science and technology, our understanding of droughts has deepened even further. Sophisticated tools such as satellites, climate models, and weather forecasting have enabled better predictions and monitoring of drought conditions. This knowledge has contributed to the development of strategies and techniques for mitigating the impacts of droughts on agriculture, water resources, and human populations.

Did you know?

During droughts, cacti find love amidst the barren landscape.


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First identified

17th June 2015

Most mentioned on

9th June 2017

Total mentions


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