Coming soon: Southern Comfort on the Rocks -- But Without the Rocks!

Tue, 2007-10-16 07:26Ross Gelbspan
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Coming soon: Southern Comfort on the Rocks -- But Without the Rocks!

For the first time in more than 100 years, much of the Southeast has reached the most severe category of drought, climatologists said, creating an emergency so serious that some cities are just months away from running out of water.

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As of January 26, the California Department of Water Resources reported that snowpack statewide was at just 27% of its normal level, which is 15% of the average for April 1, the point at which snow is typically expected to stop accumulating and begin to melt.

Which means, of course, that California is in for another dry year. Melting snowpack provides water to streams and rivers and replenishes reservoirs that are used for drinking water and agriculture.

In a cruel irony, a dry year...

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