Five weeks ago, the morons at the LA Times warned that New Mexico would never recover from the drought.
As an extended drought bakes the West, nowhere are ravages of changes in the climate worse than in New Mexico.
Aug. 6, 2013
But nowhere is it worse than in New Mexico. In this parched state, the question is no longer how much worse it can get but whether it will ever get better — and, ominously, whether collapsing ecosystems can recover even if it does.
Chuck Jones, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said even the state’s recent above-average monsoon rains “won’t make a dent” in the drought; deficits will require several years of normal rainfall to erase, should normal rain ever arrive.
In New Mexico, water levels in the once-mighty Rio Grande are so low that it is often referred to as the “Rio Sand.” In some parts of the state, officials fear ecosystems are collapsing.
And five weeks later, New Mexico is flooding
Bandelier National Monument experienced two large flood events, one late afternoon Thursday, Sept. 12 and the other this morning.
Flooding in Frijoles Canyon prompted Superintendent Jason Lott to close the monument for the safety of visitors due to debris on trails and the potential for flooding throughout the weekend. Bandelier staff will begin clean-up efforts as soon as rains subside and hope to re-open the monument by Monday, Sept. 16.
- State Parks Temporary Closures: Morphy Lake, Coyote Creek, Brantley Lake, Elephant Butte Lake main boat ramp. Open with possible debris issues: Santa Rosa Lake (risen 20 feet in last 48 hours), Sumner Lake (+ 24 feet last 48 hours), Conchas Lake (+ 5 feet last 24 hours). Other temporary closures possible as necessary. (3:51 p.m.)
- Rio Grande is at 8 feet, 1 foot below flood stage at Otowi between Pojoaque and Los Alamo, National Weather Service reported just before 3 p.m. Also warning people to stay away from the river from San Felipe downstream through Bernalillo County as flood surge expected. (3:30 p.m.)
- West Road in Los Alamos is CLOSED. All other roads in Los Alamos County are open. Los Alamos County crews will continue to deal with all flooding and road issues by priority. NMDOT also has crews on site to clear any rock fall on Main Hill Road. Please be patient as we work through the issues and avoid travel if possible.
Is there no way to shut these climate nincompoops up?