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Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
« Reply #120 on: July 10, 2016, 03:40:45 pm »
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west


Gee maybe the developers of L.A. and Las Vegas went TOO FAR .... (but Sen. Reid is happy )

http://www.latimes.com/nation/
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sej-colorado-river-20160703-snap-story.html
Facing historically low levels, Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war. Here's how
William Yardley
July 6, 2016, 9:05 AM

This may be what the start of a water war looks like.

Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies.

Yet if war is really imminent, why is one of the region’s most experienced water managers doing the same thing he has done for years: tinkering?

“I like to describe this as another incremental step,” said Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Buschatzke was talking about a plan he is helping develop, along with water managers in California, Nevada and Mexico, that would voluntarily reduce water allocations from the Colorado River to those three states and Mexico. They hope to have it in place in time to avoid steeper, mandatory cuts that could begin as soon as 2018.

Would their plan change everything? Would it finally fix the increasingly inadequate blend of canals, conservation and compromises that somehow keeps water flowing to more than 25 million people, including a substantial chunk of those in Southern California?

Not even close.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
« Reply #121 on: January 26, 2017, 01:46:44 pm »
What I find really interesting are the weather changes since November when Trump was elected ...
All of a sudden the weather streams have pushed into the West ... resulting in massive snow accumulations .. hmmm . Was Harrp put offline ?


http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west


Drought is over but the aquifers need to recharge ... and that takes years. 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-drought-monitor-20170126-story.html
In a major improvement, nearly half of California is no longer in a drought

By Matt Stevens
January 26, 2017, 8:25 AM
Continued rain and snow across California has lifted nearly half of the state out of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday.

Just over 51% of California remains in “moderate” to “extreme” drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported. By comparison, more than 95% of the state was listed as being in some form of drought a year ago.

And in another positive development, none of the state was listed as being in “exceptional drought” — a condition that had affected portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern counties as recently as a month ago. 

Perhaps the most striking change to the color-coded map was the near disappearance of bright red, which signifies "extreme drought." The map showed only 2% of the state as being in extreme drought Thursday, compared with nearly a quarter of the state just a week ago.

Since California’s “water year” began in October with above-average precipitation, the state has enjoyed continued wet weather that has gradually improved its drought outlook.

The weekly release of the U.S. Drought Monitor map has largely reflected those improvements, with perhaps the biggest shift coming two weeks ago, when almost all of Northern California was declared not only to be out of drought, but also to be showing no signs of “abnormal dryness.”

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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
« Reply #122 on: February 12, 2017, 07:24:39 pm »
What could go wrong ... Emergency Spill way may fail at Oroville Dam :

http://www.kcra.com/article/evacuation-orders-issued-for-low-levels-of-oroville/8735215

Evacuation orders issued for low levels of Oroville


'Hazardous situation' has developed with Oroville Dam emergency spillway
Updated: 5:18 PM PST Feb 12, 2017
KCRA Staff

OROVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —

An evacuation has been ordered for low-lying levels of Oroville and several areas downstream from Lake Oroville, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

"Officials are anticipating a failure of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes (5:45 p.m.)," the California Department of Water Resources said on Facebook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddpl1zl5sYg
When the Levee Breaks Lyrics
Published on Oct 19, 2013

When the Levee Breaks Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay


Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They got no work to do
If you're going North to Chicago.

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good... no
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move


All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin' about my baby and my happy home

Going, going to Chicago.. Going to Chicago..
Sorry but I can't take you..
Going down.. going down now.. going down...

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: 2012 - 2018 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
« Reply #123 on: November 13, 2018, 04:24:26 pm »
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Map released: November 8, 2018
Data valid: November 6, 2018 | Author: David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center



 West

On this week?s map, conditions degraded in areas across central and northern California, western Nevada, and southern Oregon where the warm and dry pattern has persisted. In northern-central California and southwestern Oregon, the combination of long-term precipitation deficits, agricultural impacts, poor soil moisture, well below-normal streamflow levels, and groundwater issues led to the introduction of an area of Extreme Drought (D3). Additionally, areas of Moderate Drought (D1) and Severe Drought (D2) expanded in northwestern California where streamflow is below the 10th percentile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. In the Sierra Nevada Range, the combination of short-term dryness, lack of snowfall, and warm temperatures led to the introduction of Abnormally Dry (D0).
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http://www.english.illinois.edu/Maps/depression/dustbowl.htm
The [ DROUGHT } Dust Bowl of the 1930s lasted about a decade. Its primary area of impact was on the southern Plains. The northern Plains were not so badly effected, but nonetheless

Timeline of The Dust Bowl

1931     Severe drought hits the midwestern and southern plains. As the crops die, the 'black blizzards" begin. Dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed land begins to blow.
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1938     The extensive work re-plowing the land into furrows, planting trees in shelterbelts, and other conservation methods has resulted in a 65 percent reduction in the amount of soil blowing. However, the drought continued.


1939     In the fall, the rain comes, finally bringing an end to the drought. During the next few years, with the coming of World War II, the country is pulled out of the Depression and the plains once again become golden with wheat. 
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5