Yes the title of this post is oozing with apathy on this topic. Why, you ask? The speech-making and talking points from both sides of this topic are becoming a broken record. Continue reading
Hollywood loves epic stories, even if some of the story is not true. Knowing this I decided to go anyway.
The Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, had gotten a second chance of ruling Iran after his fleeing Iran in 1953.
The high pressure system off of California that had maintained the drought conditions on the Pacific coast has broken down. An atmospheric river has hit central to northern California; how much of the region’s drought conditions will weaken in the west from this event–time will tell. In the south, the stronger drought conditions are slowly returning. The rest of the country is unchanged or improving.
For statistics for each region, see below.
There a list of communities that are starting to feel the pressure of the ongoing drought. As the articles below state these communities are only in the range of 39 to 11000 residents. ONLY, who are we kidding. The real question is how long will the list of communities grow to with the prolonged drought and its intensification.
The conditions for the contiguous U.S.
This one week change map shows that the drought is expanding slightly. But to break it down based on each region tells a different story.
This last week was for the lower 48 states was relatively quite of statistical changes at Drought Monitor.
The biggest change was in Louisiana.
However, the drought out West, though not “expanding” or “intensifying”–the effects are starting to truly set in. Here are some articles from the last couple of days to show what is going on.
There is a chance of rain for Oregon next 10 days:
Portland on the 28th 50% and 31st 30%
Eugene on the 28th 40% and 30th 30% and 31th 60%
The weather can shift and change rapidly–so by the 28th it could be have 0% of rain or it could be “back to normal” here in Oregon.
(I am not including days with only 10% chance)
Next update is the 30th of Jan.
Hope the is a break in the drought out west, especially in California.