I live in Cape Town, South Africa where it is a very real possibility that not a single drop of water will be left in our dams come March 2018.
THIS is a news article that suggests that at a government level, such a situation has not been discounted. And an overview of our current dam levels can be found HERE; we have about 900 000 ML of water left, with usage unlikely to fall below 500 ML / day. And we are almost completely reliant on water from damns. It is pretty easy to find other news about this.
I was recently reading a book on chaos theory where climate and weather models were discussed in terms of how sensitive they are to changing variables. If the earth experienced a slight axis shift and rotation change, what could be the effect on weather patterns?
An article by NASA suggests that such a change did occur in 2011 (that the figure axis was altered and that days were shortened) and the question I'm asking is:
Could such an alteration permanently change Cape Town's weather?
My (probably incorrect) understanding of Cape Town's weather is that rain is the result of clockwise-rotating low pressure cells approaching the continent from the South-West. It seems to me that slight changes in geographical properties (such as earth rotation and axis') could result in changing the paths of these cells as they migrate across the earth from west to east.
If that were so, is it feasible that Cape Town is likely to become MUCH dryer than it has historically been because low pressure cells continuously 'miss' the landmass, whereas before these cells were migrating OVER the landmass (and causing rain)?
This is in addition to the effects of climate change, which I'm not sure how would effect the Western Cape's (the province where Cap Town is) weather.