More Drought

 

Even if we are fortunate enough to get more overall precipitation, climate change is expected to bring more frequent, more serious, and possibly longer-lasting droughts. The nation's worst droughts are predicted to be in the Rocky Mountain region, although predictions vary sharply as to how severe the droughts are likely to be.

 

“By the end of the century, the Canadian scenario projects that extreme drought will be a common occurrence over much of the Great Plains.  

"Increased tendencies toward drought are also projected in the Hadley model for regions immediately east of the Rockies.” 

Climate Change Impacts on the United States (2000)

 

 

 

   
   

"'The most simple thing I can think of as a definition of drought is not enough water to meet needs,' said Redmond, regional climatologist for the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nev. Under that definition, the recent years of rapid growth in the Southwest are tipping the region farther into drought."

Albuquerque Journal (2004)

 
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