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Old 10-23-2007, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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How widespread is this drought that the country is experiencing? What states is it affecting?

Does it encompass the entire southern westcoast to the southern east coast?

I heard places like Arizona in the west and North Carolina in the east have only a 60 day reserve of water left?

Is it really this serious right now?
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:28 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Well, the SW has been in a general drought for the last few years. I can tell you though that parts of Arizona have a summer monsoon season during July/August when they get maybe half of their yearly rainfall and that for SE Arizona at least, it's been a very good monsoon. Typical rainfall down where I own some land (near Benson, Arizona) is around 14 inches/year. The last 3 years (at least) have been significantly below that, but a wunderground.com rain gauge nearby indicates that each of those years saw an increase in rainfall and this year we are already over 14 inches for the year. I don't know about Phoenix or Tucson, but the SE corner of the state is looking "fairly good" (at least compared to previous years) for rainfall this year.

As a general matter of course though, the SW (even SE Arizona) is of course an arid area where water is always precious.

Ken
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Not anymore. We have gotten almost 7 inches of rain in the past two days!
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:36 AM
 
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Outside of STL we had very little rain during the summer but that has changed. We got tons of it the past 2 - 3 days.
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:58 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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Here is a link to the US Drought Monitor. It is updated weekly. You can click on your region or state to get more information.

US Drought Monitor

We are finally getting some rain here in the Atlanta metro area, but we need quite a bit more to put a dent into this drought.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:13 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Living in Houston we are well above on precipitation this year, but I am in North Carolina right now and seeing the results of the drought, trees are dying. The creeks are drying up. It is very sad.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Residences in the city of St. Louis have a water bill with a flat rate. In other words, you can use all the water you want for about $150. per year. And it was voted the best tasting big city water in the nation.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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I saw Atlanta finally got some rain...or is getting anyway. That was much needed.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:03 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Here is a link to the US Drought Monitor. It is updated weekly. You can click on your region or state to get more information.

US Drought Monitor

We are finally getting some rain here in the Atlanta metro area, but we need quite a bit more to put a dent into this drought.
THANKS for the link. It's nice to see a graphical validation of the info I posted up above (ie regarding SE Arizona rainfall).

Ken
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Normal here, thank goodness. Weve had summers that have reached extreme drought status, and summers where weve had near-flood conditions.
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