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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 25 2012

Weather Talk: Drought not yet a threat to long-term water needs

If no precipitation were to fall the rest of the year, 2012 would rank as the fifth driest. So although our drought is severe, it is certainly not the driest weather known.

Also, the dry weather is following 19 years of the wettest weather since European settlement and modern-day records. The juxtaposition is not insignificant. Short-term water needs are great. Crops are withering. Houses are settling. Lake and river levels are lowering.

However, long-term water needs are not yet threatened. Our wells, rivers, and reservoirs are lower than they have been in many years, but during the wet years, our water supplies entered a state of extreme surplus. There is no talk of water rationing yet.


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