dry spell


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dry spell

[′drī ‚spel]
(climatology)
A period of abnormally dry weather, generally reserved for a less extensive, and therefore less severe, condition than a drought; in the United States, describes a period lasting not less than 2 weeks, during which no measurable precipitation was recorded.
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The trouble with the beginner at the writing game is the long, dry spells, when there is never an editor's cheque and everything pawnable is pawned.
A report from the Maguindanao provincial agriculture office said more than P150 million worth of corn, palay and other high value crops have been damaged by the dry spell.
QUETTA -- The Quetta valley and several parts of northern Balochistan received heavy rains on Friday which continued throughout the day, ending a year-long dry spell in the province.
By SEEDS OF GOLD TEAMThe ongoing dry spell has worsened the plight of dairy farmers, a majority who are grappling with feed and water shortage as they strive to keep milk production higher.
RAWALPINDI -- After a prolonged dry spell, the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad received second rain with thunderstorm of the winter on Monday bringing the temperature down.
PESHAWAR -- Owing to prolonged dry spell in parts of the country especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the water level has reduced significantly causing a wave of fear of water scarcity among the dwellers and forced the people in mountainous areas of Buner to migrate to other parts of the district.
Billy Bob Brown has been farming in the Amarillo area for nearly half a century, and this is the longest dry spell he's ever seen.
The dry spell caused by El Nino, as well as the devastation caused by Typhoons Karen (international code name Sarika) and Lawin (international code name Haima), slashed output, according to data from the PSA.
PESHAWAR -- The prevailing wave of dry spell has created acute water scarcity in Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as natural streams, wells dried up and ground water table dropped much low.
During the long dry spell, surface, as well as groundwater levels in rivers, nullahs, natural streams and springs, had dropped to disturbing levels.
The prolonged dry spell has delayed wheat crop sowing which may negatively impact on its output, especially in the rain-fed areas of the country.
When the next dry spell hits, farmers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be ready to deal with its impact.