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Old 09-28-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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Wow Jazz, seems like you are overly worried about all of this. Like it`s pending dooms day. Every place in the world goes through droughts. A place were I use to live had a really bad drought for a few years and everybody did survive... They didn`t go with out drinking water.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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Wow Jazz, seems like you are overly worried about all of this. Like it`s pending dooms day. Every place in the world goes through droughts. A place were I use to live had a really bad drought for a few years and everybody did survive... They didn`t go with out drinking water.
I've dealt directly with water issues in this region for decades. I know just exactly how serious it is--it's dead serious. As the saying goes, the history of the West is written in its water. What's coming promises to be a very ugly chapter in that history.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Laughlin, NV and Southern Colorado
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Ignorance is bliss....hope to be dead before it gets too ugly. It will. Best to appreciate what we have today!
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Here we go.
Water Supplies In Western U.S. Threatened By Climate Change: Interior Department Report
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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Amy WJ wrote:
Ignorance is bliss
If that was true, there would be alot more happy people on this planet!
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Wink Southwest basically drier

Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona may point to past and future when it comes to water.

Phoenix has access to Colorado River water, Tucson does not. The residents of Phoenix are still often lavish with water use, while those in Tucson are heavy into yard xeroscaping and other water conservation measures. In time, and probably sooner than later, Phoenix may be forced to become more like Tucson. Las Vegas, NV is a good example why, as that city reliant on the Colorado River for about 90% of it needs is presently digging another, lower, outlet from Lake Mead. It has two others, but the water level of Lake Mead, about halfway down now, threatens to leave them high and dry if it drops much farther.

I was surprised that this article indicates greater precipitation for the upper Colorado River basin. My understanding that the Southwest, including northern Colorado, will actually become drier. Of course one major tributary, the Green River, extends well north into Wyoming, although even there everything may become drier.

As this article notes, however, is that while some areas will indeed become more wet, that what global warming insures is that all regions, whether wetter or drier, will experience more extremes in weather. It will be less temperate, more severe, with greater incidence of such things as tornadoes and hurricanes. In the mountains, such as in Colorado, less snow and more rain, and in harder, briefer storms with longer dry spells between. Aside from decrease in overall precipitation, water management designed for more moderate weather patterns will have difficulty adjusting. In any number of ways, one example being reservoirs which will silt up more frequently.

Here is one resource. Be sure and look towards the bottom at the 'Projected Spring Precipitation Change' map for the Southwest US:
Climate Change - California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:27 PM
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Location: Pagosa Springs, CO/North Port,FL
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This is an old thread-the data for THIS years snow pack is very much different-almost every drainage is normal to above normal with several at +130%

The only place that appears to be hurting is the SW CO drainages

Annual Summary Data | Colorado NRCS
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Amy WJ wrote:
Ignorance is bliss
If that was true, there would be alot more happy people on this planet!
I think most people who say that are misquoting 1984 - "Ignorance is Strength".
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: CO
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I think most people who say that are misquoting 1984 - "Ignorance is Strength".
Do you mean to say that George Orwell was misquoting Thomas Gray? His 1742 poem, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," says, "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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Do you mean to say that George Orwell was misquoting Thomas Gray? His 1742 poem, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," says, "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."
Could be. I wasn't aware of that.
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