A sequence of images reveals how Europe dry out over July and August when complete insufficient rain caused what has been referred to as the worst drought hitting the continent in 500 years.
A video tweeted by the European Unions Copernicus Program, which operates the constellation of Earth-observing Sentinel satellites, shows how vast regions across Europe have turned from the verdant green to an arid brown between July 1 and Aug. 31.
“In 2022, #drought has affected the complete of Europe,” Copernicus said in the tweet.
The images, taken by the Sentinel 2 satellite, reveal significant harm to vegetation in areas in the south and east of England, northern France, vast swaths of Germany, Poland and Eastern Europe.
Alongside the stark satellite data, the Global Drought Observatory indicates (opens in new tab) that 47% of Europe was regarded as in warning conditions in August, meaning too little soil moisture and unwanted effects on vegetation.
The drought has been referred to as the worst going to Europe in 500 years. Water levels in rivers like the Rhine, Danube and Po dropped so low concerning close the waterways for traffic, as the exceptionally hot and dry weather has greatly increased the chance of forest fires.
The European summer this season is regarded as the driest since a mega-drought that hit the continent in 1540.
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