Most of Czech Republic has emerged from the drought, though parts of northwest Bohemia still face significant drought, according to new numbers from Intersucho, which monitors the drought across Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Weeks of consistent rain have improved the situation significantly since April, when the situation looked dire, the agency reported this week. Intersucho runs their drought monitor in cooperation with Institute of Global Change Research of the ASCR vvi (CzechGlobe) and Mendel University in Brno (MENDELU).
The agency measures the drought using, in part, ground moisture measurements from the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute per 500 meters. The agency also takes into account vegetation cover, soil type, slope level and exposure.
Despite improvements, nearly one percent of the country still faces severe drought, mostly in the northwest region of the country. Severe drought is when the soil is dry 40 to 10 centimetres below the surface level.
“The outlook for July and August is more problematic,” Miroslav Trnka, professor at the Institute of Global Change Research of the Academy of Sciences and Intersucho employee, told iDnes.
“It can be said that we have enough water supply to be able to state that we do not expect drought in the area of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, because this would have to be due to extraordinary conditions that have not occurred in the last sixty years.”
This is the first year since 216 that Czech Republic is not struggling with a lack of water in the soil at the start of summer. The drought has all but vanished in the surface level of the soil, Intersucho says. Except for northwest Bohemia, the flora and fauna across the country is fully moisturized. But despite these improvements, this is still one of the driest periods in the last 500 years.
Intersucho forecasts that the drought will remain stable in the northwestern Bohemia region; the state of the soil may improve come August.