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Old 06-22-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: The North
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I moved from Vegas so sure it's better, but still I was expecting better. When you look at the long range forecast (I know not always reliable) and see nothing but above average temps and it has happened every summer I have been here makes it seem like this is a new normal.

 
Old 06-22-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I moved from Vegas so sure it's better, but still I was expecting better. When you look at the long range forecast (I know not always reliable) and see nothing but above average temps and it has happened every summer I have been here makes it seem like this is a new normal.
Weather comes in cycles. I have heard that we are in the same cycle that last occurred in the 1950's when they had warmer then normal weather in Colorado.
 
Old 06-22-2013, 10:26 PM
 
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Wink A new, unfortunate, normal

"The resilience of many ecosystems is likely to be exceeded this century by an unprecedented combination of climate change, associated disturbances (e.g. flooding, drought, wildfire, insects, ocean acidification) and other global change drivers (e.g. land- use change, pollution, fragmentation of natural systems, over- exploitation of resources)." [From Page 48]

"Warming in western mountains is projected to cause decreased snowpack, more winter flooding and reduced summer flows, exacerbating competition for over-allocated water resources." [From Page 52]



There are of course always natural variations in the Earth's climate, day to day, year to year, century to century and beyond. In the broad span of history before ever recorded areas of this planet have experienced both glaciation and that tropical.

However, we have just passed 400ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, a number warned of as a point of no return never hopefully reached, and that not seen on this planet for the last several hundred million years. Nor does research show that there has ever been such a rapid rise in resultant temperatures as now. If all naturally fluctuates, mankind from the advent of the industrial revolution is responsible for adding a massive amount of greenhouse gasses—continuing and increasing year on year—that have quantitatively altered and changed the climate from what it would have been otherwise.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has presented a number of well researched scientific papers on this topic. They are nearly ready to release their Fifth Assessment Report.

One can freely download and look at their previous work. The citations given are excerpted from their 2007 Synthesis Report, being part of the Fourth Assessment Report. There are other reports of theirs which more thoroughly cover the western United States, and Colorado.

But while the Synthesis Report referred to here can provide a good overview and interesting reading on the topic, one might nevertheless skip ahead to Page 49. That is a section on climate change and water, something any Coloradoan might have an interest in. There is as well a map of the planet on this page, one indicating that while some areas of this planet will experience increased precipitation as a result of global warming, that others, such as the Southwest United States, will become ever more arid. It is inescapable, the die already cast. And whether wetter or drier, all weather everywhere will become more extreme.

1) 'Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report,' IPCC
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-re...yr/ar4_syr.pdf
 
Old 06-24-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: high plains
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Default Global Warming and Colorado

"Colorado: 5th-Fastest-Warming Summers (tie)

Nine of Colorado's 10 coolest summers were before 1930. Eight of its ten warmest have come since the late 1990s, including 2012, the hottest of them all.
This all adds up to a warming trend of 2.0 degrees per century."


Global Warming: States Most and Least Affected in Summer - weather.com
 
Old 06-24-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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It was cool Saturday, unofficially only about 91 in Pueblo, but today the heat is back on and I am looking forward to a 5 day streak of highs unofficially around 100.
 
Old 06-25-2013, 05:22 AM
 
Location: high plains
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with all the relatively chaotic natural and political events in CO these days, i'm wondering how the booming population will adapt over the next several years. will farmers, ranchers, and other republicans abandon the state or will there be a anti-urban/liberal backlash? will the tourism economy evolve into a corporate hq economy? will the western slope revolt against eastern slope water transfers? will all interstate water compacts be renegotiated? are Aspen and Vail in danger of collapse? will water-rich Pueblo finally achieve its glory or will the reservoirs just evaporate along with the lawn sprinklers? will the developers bulldoze the tragic ash-piles of former forest into concrete vacation exurbia?
 
Old 06-25-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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with all the relatively chaotic natural and political events in CO these days, i'm wondering how the booming population will adapt over the next several years. will farmers, ranchers, and other republicans abandon the state or will there be a anti-urban/liberal backlash? will the tourism economy evolve into a corporate hq economy? will the western slope revolt against eastern slope water transfers? will all interstate water compacts be renegotiated? are Aspen and Vail in danger of collapse? will water-rich Pueblo finally achieve its glory or will the reservoirs just evaporate along with the lawn sprinklers? will the developers bulldoze the tragic ash-piles of former forest into concrete vacation exurbia?
The kinds of things highplainsrus mentions have already begun to start in Montezuma County. The sheriff’s office has reported that an average of 20 – 30 calls over water disputes are answered by dispatch everyday. People are mis-directing and stealing water from communal ditches.

The lack of water has escalated tension and fear. People’s livelihood out here is dependent on water. McPhee Reservoir is at historic lows, and project users will get just 20% of a normal year’s amount, with complete shutoff expected for August.

A fine of $250 is imposed on those who waste water, and those who steal water can pay fines as high as $1,000.

The water situation around here is grim. There’s already a backlash about sending Colorado’s water to places like Tucson and Phoenix just to fill swimming pools.

More can be found in the Cortez Journal.
 
Old 06-25-2013, 10:53 PM
 
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More can be found in the Cortez Journal.
Quite a good article. Helpful in understanding some of the intricacies of water law. As well, some of the adjustments and fall out that can be expected when there is less of such a vital resource as water.
 
Old 06-27-2013, 08:41 AM
 
Location: high plains
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a favorite statewide and regionwide source of water news - ranging from regional daily usage reports to east and west slope ag irrigation to secession/water rights to Ark Superditch and June Drought Update.

Coyote Gulch | The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land — Luna Leopold

there are a few bright spots embedded within the gloom. statewide reservoirs at 78%, compared to about 66% in Texas and much less in New Mexico. Denver usage down to 85 gal/day (still above Albuquerque's 70 gal/day).
 
Old 06-28-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
PRELIMINARY RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
425 PM MDT FRI JUN 28 2013

...ADDITIONAL RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SET OR TIED YESTERDAY...

IN WESTERN COLORADO...

AT CORTEZ, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY WAS 102 DEGREES. THIS SET
A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR THE DATE, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 96,
SET IN 1990.

AT CRESTED BUTTE, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY WAS 89 DEGREES.
THIS SET A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR THE DATE, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS
RECORD OF 85, SET IN 1990.

AT MESA VERDE, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY WAS 97 DEGREES. THIS
SET A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR THE DATE, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
96, SET IN 1936.

AT VALLECITO DAM, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY WAS 90 DEGREES.
THIS TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THE DATE, LAST SET IN 1950.

Right now it's 103 in Delta, and 94 here in Ridgway (plus Ouray County is under a smoke advisory).
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