China Drought

China’s state news agency is reporting drought on the Yangtze:

Falling water levels in China’s Yangtze River have left 1 million people short of drinking water, state media reported Monday. A severe drought has caused the water level in China’s longest river to plunge over the last two weeks, severely cutting water-pumping capacity, Xinhua News Agency said.

Shapingba Waterworks, one of the largest suppliers of drinking water to the industrial southwestern city of Chongqing, said only one of 10 pipes used to pump water from the Yangtze was in operation, Xinhua reported.

I don’t know much about China’s climatology, but a look at LDEO’s Standardized Precipitation Index page doesn’t look much like “severe drought” to me. Any of you climate geeks know a good source of China weather/climate data on relevant time scales?

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