Eight Weeks Since Huffington Post Announced The End Of Western Water

Eight weeks ago, the Huffington Post announced the demise of water in the western US.

04/02/2015

The West is running on empty.  For nearly 15 years, the Colorado River Basin has been plagued by drought. Stretching from the Rockies to southern Arizona, the basin provides water for more than 40 million people in California and the Southwest through a series of reservoirs. But the water is disappearing… fast.

These Photos Of Drought In The Colorado River Basin Are Beautiful And Depressing

This is how the west looked yesterday

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Colorado weather: Massive rainfall floods streets throughout Denver metro area – The Denver Post

Much of the Southwest and Great Plains are much wetter than normal.

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But things weren’t always this green. During the 1930’s when CO2 was a “very safe” 310 PPM, 80% of the country was in drought.

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The US has been running wetter than normal for the past two years, and droughts have been on the decline for the past 120 years.

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Climate at a Glance: Time Series | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

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7 Responses to Eight Weeks Since Huffington Post Announced The End Of Western Water

  1. Fred says:

    How is the rice crop doing in Texas?

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  3. Andy DC says:

    It is a classic example of runaway droughtflood! Droughtflood is obviously fossil fuel powered. It was unprecedented until Dr. Hayhoe invented it in 2011. Before that, you had drought and flood, but never both at the same time. We are all going to die!!

  4. darrylb says:

    We know that climatic conditions ebb and flow.
    Much of it in the U.S. has to do with the PDO

    Unfortunately, people make poor decisions during the flow and then wonder
    why there are problems during the ebb.

    I have read of studies that have the conclusion that as much as 42% of the
    ocean rise (which is not accelerating) may be due to land run-off, other than
    from precipitation. Seems quite high

    Some major aquifers are gradually being depleted, and that is a concern.

    That has nothing to do with any kind of human caused climate change.
    But is a result of wanton use of water in ways that have not been done before.
    (Like growing pot)
    A huge problem with the climate change craziness, is that we are barking up the
    wrong tree.

  5. darrylb says:

    ****Off the subject.—–look for Judith Curry on Stossel at Fox News
    tomorrow, June 14th, at 9 PM central

  6. Beale says:

    Be fair. Denver isn’t in the Colorado River Basin.

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