"But, it's a dry heat." But, that's not a good thing.



What was unusually warm in the 1950s is now normal.

What was extremely warm in the 1950s is now just unusual.

What was impossibly warm in the 1950s is now possible.

source https://twitter.com/ed_hawkins/status/1389137959799169025


Also see https://twitter.com/harrinluke for a closer look at temperature trends.

Does the environment have enough water to sustain ecosystems, agriculture, and local economies that depend on it?

That’s an excellent question. Sadly all trends, not to mention human actions, seem to be pushing the problem in the wrong.

Big talk at big meetings, that don’t translate into any genuine action or changes, are worthless. So we talk at the table, and go back to beating up on each other every other place.

Unfortunately like they say in the movies, we can (could have) done this the easy way, or we will do it the hard way.

New Drought.gov a one-stop NOAA resource for all things drought Adam Lang, January 20, 2021

NIDIS, NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, has launched a redesigned U.S. Drought Portal to better serve stakeholders, decision makers, the media, and the public.

The new website, Drought.gov, features updated content and new interactive architecture designed to provide actionable, shareable information, and easy-to-understand graphics describing current drought conditions and forecasts by city, county, state, zip code, and at watershed to global scales. Drought.gov aggregates and presents drought impact data for economic sectors such as agriculture, energy, water utilities, tourism and recreation, bringing together interactive maps and data in one place, which you won’t find anywhere else. …



American Dust Bowl 2.0 ?



And I was just reading: CNN


The latest drought monitor released June 10 categorizes a majority of the southwestern US as experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions. Major heat on the way this week will only worsen the deteriorating outlook.

Case in point on preparing for the inevitable.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the organization that operates much of the Lone Star State's electric grid, asked residents for a second day in a row Tuesday to conserve as much energy as possible until Friday.

Another infrastructure issue that hardly gets attention - at least around here - is the water distribution system. Every once in awhile it is mentioned how “porous” the piping is and how thousands of gallons a day are leaking. Since we live on the Great Lakes, water is not that big of a deal around here.

2014 article

A recent study by Gallet's group and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning found the Chicago area alone is losing 22 billion gallons of treated water per year through leaky pipes.
As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

October 29, 20146:06 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered
Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons of it.

That’s the amount of water that researchers estimate is lost each year in this country because of aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters.

Fixing that infrastructure won’t be cheap, …


Gulp !


Unprecedented saguaro ‘side buds’ and 2020 fire damage - June, 2021


Temperature Anomaly post

Notice also the curve is flattening. I wonder if it will sharpen up again in the next 100 years?

Then again, if it becomes common, it’s no longer an anomaly …?