Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Dry Dry Dry

Yesterday's fairydusting of snow notwithstanding, we are having a dry winter, as predicted. The reservoir system is down to 56% (see the City's Weekly Water Reports. The Southwest Climate Outlook tells us "Drought is like to persist or intensify over most of the Southwest except for far western Arizona. Hydrological drought continues to affect some large reservoir levels in the region, and agricultural drought conditions have developed in eastern New Mexico." The Drought Outlook Monitor has us marked for 'Drought Development Likely'.
       The photograph was taken in the Valles Caldera National Preserve at the foot of the Valle Grande Trail on December 26th. It should not be possible to get down there at this time of year, at least not without snowshoes; but there was no snow, no snow, no snow at all.
photo: valle grande without snow

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