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    A friend just returned (Sunday) from 2 weeks at the Marriott and told us that there is an awful drought....that palm trees are wilting, flowers are dying....there is not enough rainfall to maintain them. I find that hard to believe, especially hearing that the drought is affecting the landscaped lo and high rise hotels where, we thought, there is plenty of fresh water available due to desalinization. Will someone please clarify this? Thanks.

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    Water costs are very high here so the hotels might be cutting back
    on how often their irrigation systems run.

    We had very little rain during the rainy season and not much
    after that . We could use some rain for sure.

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    i do know that it has been pretty dry during the past 6 weeks.
    the rainy season, november and december which usually has some short lived downpours was really pretty dry.
    the weather for tourists has been outstanding....aka dry.

    as for the desalinization, that water is strictly used for "indoors and swimming pools".
    that water from what i have been told is expensive.
    the resorts use reclaimed water for their landscape and grass watering.
    maybe there is a ban or a moratorium on using the reclaimed water.
    maybe liz could comment?

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    hahahahaha she beat me to it!

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    Nature affected by extreme drought
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_69562.php March 5, 2010, 14:15 (GMT -04:00)

    WILLEMSTAD - Plants, trees, birds and terrestrials are certainly affected by the extreme drought. "There are hardly any fruits and insects also less", says John de Freitas or Carmabi.

    "Plants switch to energy saving, for example by dropping their leaves, and thus live on a minimal water balance", says the expert vegetation. "They will eventually if the rain remains forthcoming." A positive though minimal advantage is that the fallen leaves yield humus.

    Iguanas come out into the open more often in search of food and water. Therefore, the number of traffic victims amongst these reptiles Increasingly becomes noticeable. In addition, many kinds of birds and bats are presumably suffering due to lack of food and water. "We should actually conduct more research," say De Freitas, who does not dispose of hard figures.

    "Although in some caves for example, only one will find several dozens of bats, compared to a previous count of four-hundred." De Freitas has no idea where these animals are now. "Have they Flown to Venezuela or did they find shelters unknown to us. They are also very inventive and can crawl into holes. "

    Larger birds are also capable of flying elsewhere in search of better feeding grounds, but smaller birds are stuck on the island.


    The continuing drought also yields beautiful nature scenes, such as here at the Jan Thiel salt pans. The Drought dries a lot of salt in this nature reserve. Nevertheless, several dozens of flamingos forage in the area still containing water.

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    as an FYI lisa's article is about CURACAO, but the weather in Curacao is almost identical to aruba.

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    Tip to tip, Curacao and Aruba are about 48 miles apart.

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    But....has it rained ....in the last week or so? Are the trees, etc. coming back?

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    there have been spotty showers and there was some steady rain in the morning yesterday or the day before.
    aruba, the way i look at it is like a humid, breezy desert.
    the trees and greenery always come back and spiff up.

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    Another beautiful day in paradise...

    Mar 11, 2010 -Conditions at 1:00 p.m.
    Wind from the E at 23 MPH
    Visibility greater than 7 mile(s)
    Sky conditions mostly clear
    Temperature 89 F
    Heat index 102.9 F
    Dew Point 78 F
    Relative Humidity 70%
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