Shock news. Rainfall in Brazil is below average during half of the years. Why can’t rainfall be above average every year?
There are signs their predictions may be coming true, with last month’s unusual tornado becoming the latest example of bad weather to destroy crops and houses in the country’s south.
“We’re seeing the beginning of climate change. The frequency and intensity of rains changed measurably and will continue to do so,” says Jose Marengo, an INPE climate expert.
In Varginha, in central Minas Gerais state, Ivo Bueno Paiva points to his infested and depleted coffee trees. In five of the past 10 years, rainfall was well below the historic average, shriveling leaves and drying out flower buds.