The latest Seasonal #Drought Outlook is hot off the presses from the Climate Prediction Center

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Click here to go to the Climate Prediction Center website.

EPA: The economy and protecting water are connected more than you think

#Drought = “[The] great white sharks of climate” — Toby Ault #ColoradoRiver

Graphic via USA Today
Graphic via USA Today

From USA Today (Doyle Rice):

The dryness in California is only part of a longer-term, 15-year drought across most of the Western USA, one that bioclimatologist Park Williams said is notable because “more area in the West has persistently been in drought during the past 15 years than in any other 15-year period since the 1150s and 1160s” — that’s more than 850 years ago.

“When considering the West as a whole, we are currently in the midst of a historically relevant megadrought,” said Williams, a professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York.

Megadroughts are what Cornell University scientist Toby Ault calls the “great white sharks of climate: powerful, dangerous and hard to detect before it’s too late. They have happened in the past, and they are still out there, lurking in what is possible for the future, even without climate change.” Ault goes so far as to call megadroughts “a threat to civilization.”

October is the @EPAwatersense Shower Better Month

The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies is offering their annual Snow Course for Water Professionals Feb. 11-13

#ColoradoRiver District Quarterly Board Meetings, Tues., Oct. 21

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Click here to go to the Colorado River District website for the inside skinny.

More Colorado River Water Conservancy District coverage here.