Scientists said the West was entering a megadrought. Now it’s twice as bad
Lake Powell is within just a few feet of its low level ever observed since it was first filled. Early season fires have already torched over 400,000 acres in Colorado and California’s reservoirs are 50 percent lower than they should be at this time of year before summer has even officially begun. A year after the skies over San Francisco glowed a hazy red as wildfires choked the Bay Area, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of real climate reckoning with drought in the western US at historic levels.
- Axios: California’s nightmare summer
- NM Political Report: Scientists say dire climate change scenarios should be taken into account in Colorado River Basin water management
- The Japan Times: Worst drought in decades escalates threats across western U.S.
- Phys.org: Drought-hit ‘tinderbox’ California braces for fires in months ahead
- The Denver Channel: Eastern Colorado almost entirely drought-free, while exceptional drought persists on Western Slope
- Axios: Utah governor asks residents to pray for rain amid brutal drought
- KSBW Action News 8: Cal Water is encouraging Salinas and King City customers to conserve water
- Patch.com: Drought Emergency Declared By City Of American Canyon