2018: New Weather Patterns Diminishing Rio Grand & Colorado Rivers

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 17 March 2018


Western Water Crisis Continues

New Weather Patterns Steadily Diminishing Rio Grand & Colorado River Flows

Low Rio Grande & Colorado Flows Anticipated

Grim Forecast for the Rio Grande Raises Concern,
Water Deeply, March 15, 2015.

"...the National Water and Climate Center’s forecast for the Rio Grande Basin, the water supply outlook for spring and summer remains “dire.” "

"...the river and its tributaries will receive less runoff than normal this spring and summer – and many areas may reach or break historic low flows."

Here's References to the Research cited in the article above:



Shifting Snowpack Thaw

15 to 30% Average Snowpack Loss NOW

20% ! snowpack loss in Western US

Snow into Rain

The Future of California Growth is in the Toilet

New Normal: Snow Drought


Here's some extra information...


Relative impacts of mitigation, temperature, and precipitation on 21st-century megadrought risk in the American Southwest,
Science Advances, October 5, 2016.

"We find that regional temperature increases alone push megadrought risk above 70, 90, or 99% by the end of the century, even if precipitation increases moderately, does not change, or decreases, respectively."


Back to the Article Above...

"And conditions on the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead, don’t look good this year."

"...March forecast for the Colorado River Basin remains “well below average.” Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, has already dipped below 40 percent of capacity and its “bathtub ring” is about 130 feet tall. As of March 12, the lake’s water level was 1,088 feet above sea level. If it reaches 1,075 feet, that will trigger federal rules that cut the amount of water Nevada, Arizona and California can take."

“I’m at the point in my life where I’m thinking, ‘So, what are we doing about the Rio Grande problem? How is society responding?’


Wildly Irresponsible Growth
Our society is responding by stuffing as many foreigners, and pushing as much development in all the areas affected by this vast change in climate, weather, and water availability, as possible.

In other words, they are pushing exactly the same programs of international and massive, irresponsible, domestic growth that unbalanced our climate and dried out our weather in the first instance.




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