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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #105 on: September 05, 2022, 05:40:22 PM »
Water pipelines/plants will be the public-private partnerships (toll roads) of the future, IMO. We'll have water, but it'll be expensive. On the upside, there may be some good investment opportunities on the horizon.

https://ppp.worldbank.org/public-private-partnership/5-trends-public-private-partnerships-water-supply-and-sanitation





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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #106 on: September 07, 2022, 04:21:05 PM »
Temperatures smash records in US west as brutal heatwave continues
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/07/california-record-temperatures-heatwave-blackouts-sacramento-reno

We're still in a holding pattern of 85-88f highs with humidity to match. No sign of Fall.

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #107 on: September 07, 2022, 09:26:43 PM »
>US west

The past few days we have finally broken out of the 90s. Seems like there were a LOT more 90+ degree days here than normal. I think around 20 days in August were over 90 and we usually average 19 for the whole year.

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #111 on: October 21, 2022, 12:07:56 AM »
The Climate Prediction Center’s official winter forecast has been released, and it’s got some mixed news for California.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/noaa-releases-california-winter-weather-predictions/ar-AA13bUTs

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You can see that dividing line in map released Thursday (below): Southern California is expected to have a drier-than-normal winter, while Northern California is a bit of a mystery. The northern half of the state has equal chances of being above-average and below-average for rain and snow.

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #112 on: December 01, 2022, 05:27:24 PM »
>aridification

Drought threatens Colorado River with ‘complete doomsday scenario', officials say - The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/12/01/drought-colorado-river-lake-powell/

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #113 on: January 30, 2023, 03:02:50 AM »
Since 2002, southern Nevada’s use of Colorado River water has decreased about 26%, even as the area’s population has rapidly grown. Per capita water use has dropped 48%.

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2023-01-29/colorado-river-in-crisis-cracking-down-on-grass

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #114 on: January 30, 2023, 05:16:58 PM »
>> Golf courses were given water budgets.

Driving through suburban Las Vegas, one encounters lots of Sun City developments with golf courses with artificial waterfalls.



Coachella: Why Golf Courses Continue to Thrive in the Desert
https://www.yahoo.com/now/why-desert-golf-courses-artificial-130044826.html

"Though its population is much smaller than the Las Vegas area, it gets more imported water."

Short version:
1. if you sink your own well deep enough, you're mostly allowed to do whatever you want with the water.
2. restrictions apply to potable water, not non-potable water brought in from the Colorado River via canals.

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #115 on: February 01, 2023, 02:44:13 AM »
As the Colorado River Shrinks, Washington Prepares to Spread the Pain - The New York Times

"The seven states that rely on water from the shrinking Colorado River are unlikely to agree to voluntarily make deep reductions in their water use, negotiators say, which would force the federal government to impose cuts for the first time in the water supply for 40 million Americans."

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/27/climate/colorado-river-biden-cuts.html

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Re: Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades
« Reply #116 on: February 02, 2023, 04:28:01 PM »
California's abundant snowpack brings hope that state's drought is over - Washington Times

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/feb/2/californias-abundant-snowpack-brings-hope-states-d/

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>> 205%

The bigger question is what percentage of the annual total is that? Answer, 100%. In other words, if we add nothing to the snowpack and receive as much snow as melts off between now and May 1, we will have a "normal" year.
https://www.kron4.com/news/snowfall-hits-100-percent-of-the-annual-average-in-californias-sierra-nevada-mountains/

Whether the drought is "over" or not is a somewhat different question. This may be a brief interlude in a long mega-drought or possibly turning the corner on a decade plus of drought. Not likely the latter.