Unprecedented Cut in Colorado River Flow Ordered, Due to Drought

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:20 PM GMT on August 20, 2013

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For the first time in history, the U.S. government has ordered that flow of Colorado River water from the 50-year-old Glen Canyon Dam be slashed, due to a water crisis brought about by the region's historic 14-year drought. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation--a division of the Department of Interior that manages water and electric power in the West--announced that it would cut water released from Lake Powell's Glen Canyon Dam by 750,000 acre-feet in 2014. An acre-foot is the amount of water that will cover an acre of land one foot deep; 750,000 acre-feet is enough water to supply at least 750,000 homes for one year. The flow reduction will leave the Colorado River 9% below the 8.23 million acre feet that is supposed to be supplied downstream to Lake Mead for use in California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico under the Colorado River Compact of 1922 and later agreements. "This is the worst 14-year drought period in the last hundred years," said Upper Colorado Regional Director Larry Walkoviak in a Bureau of Reclamation press release.

In the winter of 2005, Lake Powell reached its lowest level since filling, an elevation 150' below full pool. Lake levels recovered some in during 2005 - 2011, but the resurgence of severe to extreme drought conditions have provoked a steep decline in 2012 and 2013, with the lake falling 35' over the past year. As of August 18, 2013, Lake Powell was 109' below full pool (45% of capacity), and was falling at a rate of one foot every six days.


Figure 1. Satellite comparisons of water levels in Arizona and Utah's Lake Powell between 1999 and 2013 show a huge reduction in the amount of water in the lake. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory.


Figure 2. From October 1, 2012 - July 31, 2013, precipitation over the Colorado River Watershed was about 80% of average. Image credit: Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.

Las Vegas' Water Supply, Lake Mead, Near a Record Low
Downstream of Lake Powell lies Lake Mead, filled in 1936 when Hoover Dam was completed. Lake Mead supplies Las Vegas with ninety percent of its drinking water, and the water level of Lake Mead is expected to fall by eight feet in 2014 due to the lower water flow levels out of Lake Powell ordered on Friday. Lake Mead has fallen by 100 feet since the current 14-year drought began in 2000, and the higher of the two intake pipes used to supply Las Vegas with water from the lake is in danger of running dry. As a result, a seven-year, $800 million project is underway by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to build a third intake pipe that will tap the deepest part of the reservoir. This so-called "third straw" is scheduled to be available late in 2014, which may be cutting it close, if the Colorado River watershed experiences another year of drought as severe as in 2012 - 2013. Southern Nevada has done well to reduce water usage, though--the region's annual water consumption decreased by nearly 29 billion gallons between 2002 and 2012, despite a population increase of more than 400,000 during that span.


Figure 3. Lake Mead water levels from 1938 - 2013 in July show a precipitous drop since drought conditions gripped the Western U.S. in 2000. The Lake Mead photo was taken by wunderphotographer LAjoneson June 29, 2007, when the lake had a "bathtub ring" 109' tall. Water level data from The Bureau of Reclamation.


Figure 4. Workers handle the main drive sections of the tunnel boring machine that is drilling a 3-mile long tunnel through solid rock to supply Las Vegas with water from Lake Mead. The new intake tunnel is designed to maintain the ability to draw upon Colorado River water at lake elevations as low as 1,000 feet above sea level. The lake already has two intake pipes, and the higher of these will go dry when the lake level hits 1050' - 1075'. As of August 2013, the Lake Mead water level was 1106' above sea level, which is 114' below full pool, but 24' above the record low water level of 1081' set in November 2010. Image credit: Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Drought conditions worsen over Southwest U.S. in August
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the Western U.S. drought peaked in July 2002, when 79% of the West was in at least severe drought, and 45% of the region was in the two highest categories of drought--extreme to exceptional. However, drought conditions have been steadily intensifying this summer. The August 13, 2013 Drought Monitor report showed that drought conditions in the Western U.S. are now the worst since 2004, with 78% of the West in at least severe drought, and 20% in the two highest categories of drought, extreme and exceptional. The latest U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, issued on August 15, calls for drought to remain entrenched over the large majority of the Western U.S. through the end of November.


Figure 5. As of August 13, 2013, severe to exceptional drought gripped nearly all of the Colorado RIver's watershed in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, California, and Colorado. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC.

Causes of the great Western U.S. drought
It is well-known that natural variations in sea surface temperature patterns, such as seen from the El Niño/La Niña oscillation, can influence storm tracks and can cause prolonged periods of drought. These natural variations likely had a hand in causing the great 2000 - 2013 Western U.S. drought. However, changes in the amount of sea ice covering the Arctic can also have a major impact on Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation patterns. We must consider if global warming, which has led to a 50% decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent since 1979, may be altering storm tracks and contributing to drought. In 2004, Lisa Sloan, professor of Earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz, and her graduate student Jacob Sewall published an article in Geophysical Research Letters, Disappearing Arctic sea ice reduces available water in the American west. An accompanying news release explained that their climate models found "a significant reduction in rain and snowfall in the American West” as a result of Arctic sea ice loss:

What they found was a change in atmospheric circulation patterns that caused a small northward shift in the paths of winter storms over western North America. This shift in winter storm tracks resulted in significantly reduced winter precipitation from southern British Columbia to the Gulf of California. In some areas, average annual precipitation dropped by as much as 30 percent. The reductions were greatest along the West Coast, with lesser changes further inland. But even as far inland as the Rocky Mountains, winter precipitation fell by 17 percent.

The sea ice acts like a lid over the ocean surface during the winter, blocking the transfer of heat from the ocean to the atmosphere, Sewall explained. Where the sea ice is reduced, heat transfer from the ocean warms the atmosphere, resulting in a rising column of relatively warm air. The shift in storm tracks over North America was linked to the formation of these columns of warmer air over areas of reduced sea ice in the Greenland Sea and a few other locations.


A follow-up paper by Dr. Sewall in 2005, "Precipitation Shifts over Western North America as a Result of Declining Arctic Sea Ice Cover: The Coupled System Response", used a more sophisticated modeling technique but confirmed the results of the 2004 paper. In a June 2013 interview with climateprogress.org, Dr. Sewall commented:

"I think the hypothesis from 2004 and 2005 is being borne out by current changes. The only real difference is that reality is moving faster than we thought/hoped it would almost a decade ago."


Figure 6. The area of the Western U.S. in drought peaked during 2002 - 2004, but during 2013 has been approaching levels not seen since 2004. Image credit: U.S. Drought Portal.

Western North America drought of 2000 - 2004 the worst in over 800 years
The Colorado River's water woes are due to an extraordinary 14-year drought that began in 2000, which peaked during 2000 - 2004. A 2012 study titled, Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America, found that the 2000 - 2004 drought was the most severe Western North America event of its kind since the last mega drought over 800 years ago, during the years 1146 - 1151. The paper analyzed the latest generation of climate models used for the 2013 IPCC report, which project that the weather conditions that spawned the 2000 - 2004 drought will be the new normal in the Western U.S. by 2030, and will be considered extremely wet by the year 2100. If these dire predictions of a coming "megadrought" are anywhere close to correct, it will be extremely challenging for the Southwest U.S. to support a growing population in the coming decades.


Figure 7. Normalized precipitation over Western North America (five-year mean) from 22 climate models used to formulate the 2013 IPCC report, as summarized by Schwalm et al., 2012, Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America. The horizontal line marks the precipitation level of the 2000 - 2004 drought, the worst of the past 800 years. Droughts of this intensity are predicted to be the new normal by 2030, and will be considered an outlier of extreme wetness by 2100. The paper states: "This impending drydown of western North America is consistent with present trends in snowpack decline as well as expected in-creases in aridity and extreme climate events,including drought, and is driven by anthropogenically forced increases in temperature with coincident increases in evapotranspiration and decreases in soil moisture. Although regional precipitation patterns are difficult to forecast, climate models tend to underestimate the extent and severity of drought relative to available observations. As such, actual reductions in precipitation may be greater than shown. Forecasted precipitation patterns are consistent with a probable twenty-first century megadrought." Image credit: Schwalm et al., 2012, Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America, Nature Geoscience 5, 551-555, Published online 29 JULY 2012, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO1529, www.nature.com/naturegeoscience.

Related posts
Lessons from 2012: Droughts, not Hurricanes, are the Greater Danger, my November 2012 post.

National Geographic has an excellent interactive satellite image that shows the difference in Lake Powell water levels between 1999 and 2013.

How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West, August 12, 2013 climateprogress.org post by Tom Kenworthy.

Scientists Predicted A Decade Ago Arctic Ice Loss Would Worsen Western Droughts. Is That Happening Already?, June 2013 post by Joe Romm at climateprogress.org.

Twenty Cities At Risk of Water Shortages, August 14, 2013 wunderground news post by Nick Wiltgen

References
Sewall, Jacob O., 2005, Precipitation Shifts over Western North America as a Result of Declining Arctic Sea Ice Cover: The Coupled System Response, Earth Interact., 9, 1–23. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/EI171.1

Sewall, J.O., and L.C. Sloan, 2004, Disappearing Arctic sea ice reduces available water in the American west, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L06209, doi:10.1029/2003GL019133. Accompanying news release.

Jeff Masters

Lake Mead - low water (clicks4fun)
Colorado River has been struggling to survive. Predictions of its future are grim in the headlines. Hopefully scientists will figure out how to resolve this bad situation.
Lake Mead - low water
Storm Clouds over Lake Powell, Glen Canyon NRA (catjuice)
Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ
Storm Clouds over Lake Powell, Glen Canyon NRA

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Quoting 441. SouthernIllinois:

I'm gonna give you a pass young man.


I apologize :)
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No! no more 92L's my head will explode!
My head exploded a few years ago GT..It's finally starting to heal.
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Quoting 465. Waltanater:
Again, I see a major hurricane hitting FL the week of Nov. 4th! Be ready.
I think Jack Webb would say.. Just the facts Ma'am
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The Caribbean feature may warrant a 0-10% yellow circle at 8PM. It looks stronger than it is, but as someone said earlier it's the time of year where these features have to be watched regardless of whether models show development or not.

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Quoting 499. islander101010:
repeat of ex92? no maybe with steroids. blog guy is napping someone needs to take over.
No! no more 92L's my head will explode!
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The two meteorology classes went well. My first class is a class discussing out weather impact society including climate change, infamous aftermath of Katrina, debates about 2011 tornado season, and more. This class is also a writing class as my school got special set of writing classes in order for you to get a major. Thankfully UNCA offer a class like that in meteorology area. My second class is Intro to Meteorology, which is the basic learning about meteorology taught by former NHC employee.

My professor is a huge fan of hurricane forecasting and nowcasting like all of us are and he actually said he spent most of free time during the season tracking them. I ask him for his thought on season and he said we'll have to see. Got potential to be really bad, though. He noted it's above average so far in storm and is likely to stay that way for rest of season.
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Quoting 479. StormTrackerScott:
My friend up by Rock Springs (Apopka off Rock Springs road) has this for rain totals since April 1st.

April 4.40"
May 12.30"
June 13.45"
July 11.10"
August 4.08"

45.33 inches of rain since April.

So THAT is who stole Houston's rainfall...
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Quoting 488. TropicalAnalystwx13:
Every river down here is like a river. I don't know how the roads are still open.

You don't say!
Stop hogging up all the rain and give it to places that need it, Cody. :P
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Hmm... just when you think the tropics go dead, a large blob shows up under Puerto Rico. This baby has some inflow going into it too judging by the visible sat pic! Me thinks they (NHC) will get the crayons out if this baby persists. I don't see any nasty ULL to destroy it either on the water vapor pics. Perhaps a home grown one coming down the pike??
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487. dabirds

Sounds like y'all had plenty of phun, we used to live right off Magazine St near Audubon, 08-Oct 12.
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Quoting 491. StormTrackerScott:


Could be a wildcard down the road. I wouldn't keep my eye off Erin as she may sneak back up like Dorian.

Yes keep your eyes open the whole night,you are everyones eyes.
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repeat of ex92? eastern carib. no maybe with steroids. blog guy is napping someone needs to take over. what john hope rule?
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Quoting 395. StormTrackerScott:


I can tell you these are my rainfall totals since April 1st just NW of Orlando.

April 8.76"
May 6.61"
June 16.70"
July 8.49"
August so far 3.01"

That's 43.57" of rain over a 4 month period. Insane!
Fort Myers had 80.16 inches of rain in 1947. a lot of it fell in Sept and Oct. 1948 was wet also.
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wrong..

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Quoting 472. Levi32:
The NOAA P-3 recon aircraft is measuring ocean heat content in the Gulf of Mexico right now:



Global Hawk out also:

Today begins NASA’s field experiment called “Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel” (HS3). We will be working together with NASA in the coming month to monitor tropical cyclones using two unmanned aircraft called Global Hawks. Today they are flying the one of their Global Hawks in the central north Atlantic. Their plan is to gather atmospheric data of the dry conditions surrounding the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin. The mission out of Wallops Island will last roughly 25 hours.


Link
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Coverage of the landfall of Hurricane Georges in Gulfport, MS. on Sept. 28, 1998, with a live report from Gulfport, and New Orleans...Thanks to Tony (Hurricaneadventures) for sending me the footage.


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Every road* not sure why my phone changed that.

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@Levi: I don't know but I asked the guy that posted it.
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Quoting 483. unknowncomic:
Erin leftovers are showing up better as it heads west at 20N and 50W




I believe Ex-Erin may regenerate..Wait and see.
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Quoting 488. TropicalAnalystwx13:
Every river down here is like a river. I don't know how the roads are still open.
Well i don't know what to say...
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Quoting 483. unknowncomic:
Erin leftovers are showing up better as it heads west at 20N and 50W






Could be a wildcard down the road. I wouldn't keep my eye off Erin as she may sneak back up like Dorian.

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FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
434 PM EDT TUE AUG 20 2013

SCC015-019-035-202200-
/O.CON.KCHS.FF.W.0043.000000T0000Z-130820T2200Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
DORCHESTER SC-CHARLESTON SC-BERKELEY SC-
434 PM EDT TUE AUG 20 2013

...A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM EDT FOR
SOUTHWESTERN BERKELEY...CENTRAL CHARLESTON AND DORCHESTER COUNTIES...

AT 428 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE AREA OF HEAVY RAIN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING OVER
THE WARNED AREA.

DOPPLER RADAR HAS SHOWN AS MUCH AS 2 TO 4 INCHES SINCE MID AFTERNOON
AND AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES CAN STILL OCCUR.


FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN AND AROUND COLLEGE PARK...DORCHESTER...
GIVHANS...GOOSE CREEK...JEDBURG...KNIGHTSVILLE...LADSON...MONCKS
CORNER...PINOPOLIS...RIDGEVILLE...SANGAREE...SUMM ERVILLE...
ARCHDALE...CROWFIELD PLANTATION...GIVHANS FERRY STATE PARK...MAGNOLIA
GARDENS...MIDDLETON PLACE...NAVAL WEAPONS STATION CHARLESTON...SLANDS
BRIDGE...CYPRESS GARDENS AND SUMMERVILLE AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

AVOID DRIVING INTO WATER ON THE ROAD. THE WATER IS USUALLY DEEPER
THAN IT APPEARS AND THE ROAD MAY BE WASHED OUT. ONLY ONE FOOT OF
WATER WILL STALL A VEHICLE AND LESS THAN TWO FEET OF WATER CAN FLOAT
AND CARRY AWAY A VEHICLE. FLOODING IS THE NUMBER ONE WEATHER-RELATED
CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS
MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM STORM DRAINS...WATER CATCHMENTS...AND
STREAMS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK A CHILD OFF
THEIR FEET AND SWEEP THEM TO THEIR DEATH.

TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT FLOODING...PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN CHARLESTON TOLL FREE AT 1-888-383-2024 OR EMAIL YOUR
REPORTS TO CHS.SKYWARN@NOAA.GOV. REPORTS CAN ALSO BE SENT THROUGH
TWITTER USING #WXREPORT.
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Quoting 483. unknowncomic:
Erin leftovers are showing up better as it heads west at 20N and 50W




I think is heads west but below 20N.
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Every river road down here is like a river. I don't know how they're still open.

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Quoting 463. Patrap:


Glad you enjoyed your time here.


Re-loaded' Yeah, Robert had a few good tunes that week here as well...Esp at BJ's Lounge, 2 days before the Big Show.


I'm taking pics tonight..of the Moonrise.,over the Zulu Parade Warriors Headquarters.
Would like to catch him again sometime, saw him at the Muny in Forest Park back in '88 I believe. An even smaller venue would be fantastic.

Stayed at a house a friend's sister owns on Philips a few blocks from Tchou, did Qtr one night, Magazine the next. Sad couldn't eat at the Royal, last time there talked them into letting my daughter eat out on the balcony even though under min age, cuz it was her bday, she wanted to do again, but... Settled for Chartres balcony. Enjoy the moon and hope you get some great pics!
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Quoting 477. stormpetrol:
I love it.That's a nice puertorrican blob.
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Quoting 473. icmoore:


I'm sure you are familiar with Melrose/Keystone Heights area. When we started vacationing there over 30 years ago and then moved there it was called "lake country". Starting when you would drive over the Lake Brooklyn bridge and boats were going under it pulling skiers, it became a puddle. Look at Lake Geneva, wow, it use to be so grand. We lived on a wonderful little lake called Lake Serena only a puddle if anything now. Too many lakes to count, gone. Too much development, man made interference with flow, as well as the sand mines, combined with not enough rain, what a shame...


The problem now is people complain about flooding but yet there house used to be on a lake or swamp. Lakes that had no water in them back in March are full if not overflowing in some yards now in and around Apopka down to Winter Garden.
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Quoting 479. StormTrackerScott:
My friend up by Rock Springs (Apopka off Rock Springs road) has this for rain totals since April 1st.

April 4.40"
May 12.30"
June 13.45"
July 11.10"
August 4.08"

45.33 inches of rain since April.


What!!!!!!!!
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Erin leftovers are showing up better as it heads west at 20N and 50W




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Quoting 472. Levi32:
The NOAA P-3 recon aircraft is measuring ocean heat content in the Gulf of Mexico right now:



That's a good thing as the Data is going to be needed looking at the Calender and History.

There's parasols and barbecues and loungers by the pool
The late night conversations filled with twentieth-century cool
My peers may flirt with cabaret - some fake the rebel yell
Me, I'm moving up to higher ground - I must escape their hell


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Quoting 432. prcane4you:
You don't have to.Just read StormTrackerScott posts.


Lol
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Quoting 472. Levi32:
The NOAA P-3 recon aircraft is measuring ocean heat content in the Gulf of Mexico right now:

Please send that heat to the Tropical Atlantic.
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My friend up by Rock Springs (Apopka off Rock Springs road) has this for rain totals since April 1st.

April 4.40"
May 12.30"
June 13.45"
July 11.10"
August 4.08"

45.33 inches of rain since April.
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HAYDUKE LIVES!

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Quoting 459. ncstorm:


I will check into that..It has been raining heavy a good solid 40 minutes and I dont have service..:(
Dish & Dtv must move to the dessert.
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Quoting 472. Levi32:
The NOAA P-3 recon aircraft is measuring ocean heat content in the Gulf of Mexico right now:

Levi are you going to do a video today? O_o
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Quoting 470. Thrawst:
Hello from University of Miami!


Alabama wouldn't accept you? J/K what's up?
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Quoting 454. biff4ugo:
What drives me crazy about the record Wetness in Florida, is that Lakes in the middle, like Apopka are still in Drought!
It's level is 6" below minimum desirable, and 1.5' below regulation. No emergency discharges on the Ocklawaha River anytime soon.
Springs are not even at average levels, despite the experts saying pressures move through groundwater in an instant. I think the record rainfalls have had some catching up to do underground.


I'm sure you are familiar with Melrose/Keystone Heights area. When we started vacationing there over 30 years ago and then moved there it was called "lake country". Starting when you would drive over the Lake Brooklyn bridge and boats were going under it pulling skiers, it became a puddle. Look at Lake Geneva, wow, it use to be so grand. We lived on a wonderful little lake called Lake Serena only a puddle if anything now. Too many lakes to count, gone. Too much development, man made interference with flow, as well as the sand mines, combined with not enough rain, what a shame...
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The NOAA P-3 recon aircraft is measuring ocean heat content in the Gulf of Mexico right now:

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Quoting 465. Waltanater:
Again, I see a major hurricane hitting FL the week of Nov. 4th! Be ready.
Is that your birthday?
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Hello from University of Miami!
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Quoting 435. Wildcat11:
Not to be dismissive, but we can always desalinate ocean water. And the oceans are pretty big.


Go multiply your water bill by 5-10 times, depending upon how far you live from the coast. A household can maybe support that. Not a farmer. Unless you are happy to multiply your grocery bill by a similar amount. (?!)

It's cheaper, with a much lower environmental impact, to drink pure recycled wastewater, but people won't hear of it.
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Quoting 453. GTstormChaserCaleb:
CFS 816 hrs. out shows the DOOM approaching. :P



Hurry go to top of the building and jump.
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Quoting 461. GTstormChaserCaleb:
CFS, GFS, and ECMWF shows DOOM of some kind. Oh well it's mother nature, nothing we can do about it, but be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.
EURO model shows major hurricae hitting georgia :O what will the 18z GFS show
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Quoting 454. biff4ugo:
What drives me crazy about the record Wetness in Florida, is that Lakes in the middle, like Apopka are still in Drought!
It's level is 6" below minimum desirable, and 1.5' below regulation. No emergency discharges on the Ocklawaha River anytime soon.
Springs are not even at average levels, despite the experts saying pressures move through groundwater in an instant. I think the record rainfalls have had some catching up to do underground.


Remember we are coming off a very dry Winter where we hardly saw any rain. I will say this I live near Apopka as well and the lakes by me full to the rim. Infact this is the highest water level I have seen in many years around here.
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Again, I see a major hurricane hitting FL the week of Nov. 4th! Be ready.
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Quoting 436. Jedkins01:


Rainfall here is just over 35 inches since June 1st, more than 10 inches of rain so far in June, July, and now in August. Vines are growing on everything and odd jungle-like plants are growing everywhere that I often only see during unusually rainy periods.


I can beat that, about 42 inches since June 1st! Out of here for now!
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Quoting 455. dabirds:
Must be after midnight? All mine show tomorrow. Loved getting back to your fair city 2wks ago!
Regardless, think you were out for my earlier post wishing Robert a happy 65th, think we should have a Blue Moon w/ a Tangerine instead of an orange tonight?


Glad you enjoyed your time here.


Re-loaded' Yeah, Robert had a few good tunes that week here as well...Esp at BJ's Lounge, 2 days before the Big Show.


I'm taking pics tonight..of the Moonrise.,over the Zulu Parade Warriors Headquarters.
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Quoting 403. Grothar:
Intermediate blob notification all stations.

Blob in western Caribbean. John Hope rule applies, high wind shear, strong westerlies. Development: LOL

Hey I noticed that first! :(
(post is on the other blog) :P
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Quoting 457. wunderweatherman123:
fish! no!
:O
CFS, GFS, and ECMWF shows DOOM of some kind. Oh well it's mother nature, nothing we can do about it, but be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.
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460. IKE
I'm at 8.37 inches of rain for August at my location in the Florida panhandle. Plus...another rainy day today may put me close to double digits for the month.
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.