The Drought Goes From Bad To Catastrophic

Tyler Durden's picture

As we previously commented, when scientists start using phrases such as "the worst drought" and "as bad as you can imagine" to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad. However, in recent weeks the dreadful situation in California has gone from bad to catastrophic as the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than half of the state is now in experiencing 'exceptional' drought, the most severe category available. And most of the state – 81% – currently has one of the two most intense levels of drought.


h/t @TimOBrien


As WaPo reports,

While California’s problems are particularly severe, that state is not alone in experiencing significant drought right now. There are wide swaths of moderate to severe drought stretching from Oregon to Texas, with problems impacting numerous states west of the Mississippi River.


Some of the most severe droughts outside of California are impacting large pockets in Oklahoma, Texas and, particularly, Nevada, where more than half of the state is currently experiencing one of the two most intense drought conditions:



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As we concluded previously,

Most people just assume that this drought will be temporary, but experts tell us that there have been "megadroughts" throughout history in the western half of the United States that have lasted for more than 100 years.


If we have entered one of those eras, it is going to fundamentally change life in America.


And the frightening thing is that much of the rest of the world is dealing with water scarcity issues right now as well.  In fact, North America is actually in better shape than much of Africa and Asia.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled "25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources".


Without plenty of fresh water, modern civilization is not possible.


And right now, the western United States and much of the rest of the world is starting to come to grips with the fact that we could be facing some very serious water shortages in the years ahead.

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junction's picture

Legalize hopium!


On the Ebola newsfront: Yesterday, July 31, 2014, NBC Nightly News' Dr. Nancy Snyderman was reporting on the Ebola virus and what a change in her attitude from a few days ago when she said there was nothing to worry about.  No more happy talk about how the virus is isolated in western Africa.  The same Snyderman who after the Fukushima Daiichi reactor meltdowns said on March 16, 2011 or thereabout that the USA has nothing to worry about from fallout from the plumes of radioactive isotopes streaming from the busted reactors.  Remember on September 18, 2001 when EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman gave the all-clear around Ground Zero, stating that the EPA had found no bio hazard in downtown Manhattan even as smoke and toxic debris continued to vent into the air from the WTC site?  Also on NBC Nightly News was CDC Director Thomas Friden stating that you cannot catch Ebola from just casual contact, you have to be exposed to bodily fluids.  Sneezes apparently don't count.  The level of misinformation on this news show about Ebola hemorrhagic fever was mind boggling.  Snyderman's report closed with news on an appeal being made for medical professionals to deal with the outbreak.  In other words, don't quarantine the Ebola area, creating a cordon sanitaire.  Instead of road blocks, send in more doctors in spacesuits to be infected.  Incompetence and happy talk rule the nightly network news, bastions of misinformation if not outright lies.  


Raymond K Hessel's picture

Way Off Topic.

You're like Alfalfa in It's A Wonderful Life, to which I say, "Oh, Why don't you stop annoying people!!"


ZerOhead's picture

We are left with two stark alternative storylines.

Either God Hates California and Nevada because of the pornography and gambling industries (in addition to Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Not-so-Fienstein)


California is re-entering another period of historic drought.


Severe Ancient Droughts: A Warning to California By WILLIAM K. STEVENS
Published: July 19, 1994

BEGINNING about 1,100 years ago, what is now California baked in two droughts, the first lasting 220 years and the second 140 years. Each was much more intense than the mere six-year dry spells that afflict modern California from time to time, new studies of past climates show. The findings suggest, in fact, that relatively wet periods like the 20th century have been the exception rather than the rule in California for at least the last 3,500 years, and that mega-droughts are likely to recur.

Stackers's picture

National Geographic did an even better story earlier this year.


What the West's Ancient Droughts Say About It's Future


"What research shows is a roughly 50- to 90-year cycle of wet and dry periods over the last few thousand years, with some droughts lasting over a decade. But between 900 and 1400 A.D., during the 'Medieval Warm Period,' there were a couple of droughts that were over a century long," said B. Lynn Ingram, professor of Earth and planetary science and geography at the University of California, Berkele

ZerOhead's picture

Wow... National Geographic actually used the banned phrase "Medieval Warm period".

It's been such a global warming shill lately that I cancelled my subscription. Now I feel bad.

cifo's picture

Meanwhile, it rains almost every day in the North East.

Publicus's picture

The Chinese have the solution. The multi-decade $70+ billion South–North Water Transfer Project is near completion.

Save_America1st's picture

it's the Californian eco-system's way of saying how much it hates having lib-tard Californians on it's back for so long.  The major drawback is that more and more of those cancerous fuckers will leave Cali and spread out to further invest other good states.  Oregon used to be nice until the Californian lib-tards showed up.  They'll spread like the disease that they are and will fuck up Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, etc.  They're already fucking up Texas of all places!  

Statetheist's picture

Stop pretending Texas is some bastion of freedom and liberty. It's just as horribly statist as every other shitshow state living under the boot of the FedGov.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Perry got a lot smarter since he started wearing glasses.

Keyser's picture

They hate us in Texas for our freedoms... /s

On the drought topic, the SW US has a 200 year drought cycle... Guess which phase they are entering now?

Pinch's picture

Another climate change / global warming story (on this right wing site) that does not use the phrases climate change or global warming.


Tall Tom's picture

The Left/Right paradigm is bullshit. There is no difference between the RePUKES and the DemoCRAPS. One is just as nauseating as the other.


This is not a "Right Wing" site.


You are on an anarchy/Capitalist or Libertarian site. Some are Constitutionalists but most here want Liberty and Freedom from the totalitarian oligarchy which currently dictates over America.


Now I am an anarchist. Fuck all Governments.


Why in the fuck don't idiots like you wake the fuck up?

J S Bach's picture

I have land to sell in the Great Lakes region.  Water aplenty.  Cold winters... but make up your f-ing mind.  What are your priorities... unending sunshine or agrarian health.  


Do I hear $200,000?  Going once... going twice...

vie's picture

So all these planes leaving "persistent contrails" in the sky over CA have nothing to do with the lack of water?  Call me paranoid but I suspect foul play.  Remember when Colorado had that 100 year deluge (just a few miles from DIA and Cheyenne Mountain btw)... where'd all that water go?  Not down the Colorado river apparently.

vie's picture

LA is going to be fun without water.  You'll notice how LA and SF are basically the epicenter of the drought.  Funny how we live right off the ocean, yet we have drought.  Like the moisture somehow skips over us, over the mountains and into the central US...  seems backward.

fleur de lis's picture

The HAARP chemtrails could easily seed the sky and modify the weather if our controllers wanted this problem resolved. But they don't. Crazed social and environmental policies with absolutely no thoughts of monetary balance or long-term impact factored in is a recipe for disaster. They can't even claim stupidity. They are nothing short of reckless. How they get away with this I will never understand. 

CheapBastard's picture

Simple solution: Raise property taxes to 2-3% and build some desalination plants.

epobirs's picture

Or don't raise taxes and find other funding, which they are doing:


Santa Barbara spent many millions on a desal plant about 25 years ago, then allowed it to fall into ruin when it was wet for a few years. Much like the state chose to save money by cutting back on resevoir capacity during an unusually long wet period and made the situation far worse than it should have been when drought came around again.

sylviasays's picture

"You'll notice how LA and SF are basically the epicenter of the drought."

LA and SF are the epicenter of drought but they get all the water they need (and more) because water is shipped in from hundreds of miles away. Residents in the SF Bay Area get most of their water from Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite and residents in LA get most of their water from Northern California.  The millions who live in LA and SF are not under mandatory water restrictions while residents in Sacramento have mandatory water restrictions and heavy fines despite the fact the city has large two rivers that flow through it year round. 

juangrande's picture

No that water runs east and south. The Colorado doesn't recharge from the front range.

Dapper Dan's picture


Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Toledo issued an urgent notice to residents of Toledo and Lucas County who receive water from the city of Toledo.

You are being asked to avoid drinking or boiling water.

Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin

Oquities's picture

i experienced "climate change" yesterday - it rained here after being sunny.

Winston Churchill's picture

Is that you Quackmeister ?

Duffy Duck's picture

Which is it, warming or change?

1000924014093's picture

Through tree-ring data, paleoclimatologists have determined that Californie went through at least two 100+ year long droughts, more severe than today at 1250AD and 1350AD, e.g. this is not "Global warming" or at least not the man caused kind.

just-my-opinion's picture

Don't mess with Texas...Bitchez

TuPhat's picture

In my part of Texas we have had more than the normal rainfall for the summer.  I say if they have no water let the californicators drink wine.

loonyleft's picture

Even Jesus needed water to make wine

Miles Ahead's picture

... but they told me it was really grape juice; that Jesus would never drink alcohol... shit, what now?  I need a serious rethink here.

Tall Tom's picture

Where are you at. I will just love to go to Texas.


There are plenty of Oil Refineries. They are open targets, especially the distillation towers.


Just a heads up. You have to be careful of those Middle Eastern teerrrrists.

SubjectivObject's picture

Middle Eastern?

As in Middle East Coast?

As in falseflagfomenting ...


Yeppers yappers!

Handful of Dust's picture

Tall Tom, funny you mention that. I just read East Houston [where most of those refineries are located] has a liver cancer rate 5-10x higher then the rest of Texas. The air, water, etc is saturated with chemicals in them there parts ... they suspect.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Late post, snuck in.  Sorry. 

All these posts and digressions, sarcasm and humor is fine, but let's not lose sight of several key matters:


   1a. The laws of math, physics and Mother Nature will always rule on this planet, no matter what you believe or what your "faith" (ancient worldview) promotes.

   1b. Hence, as the saying goes, "That which cannot be maintained, won't be". Suggest you plan accordingly.

   1c. There isn't a "lack of water".  There are "too many people in CA", relative to the water available and natural cycles.


   2a. Most "Californians" are not indigenous.  Just like most of the stuff they grow.  Both are "transplants".

   2b. Call a place "Paradise", and you can kiss it good-bye (line from old Eagles song).  CA attracted many of the right and wrong people from the rest of the country and the world.

   2c. CA has lots of the right people (combo of smart, self-reliant, hard-working, creative, gutsy, honest), and even more of the wrong people (combo of dumb, lazy, scared, dependent, opportunists, crooked).  Looks like the ones in the latter group are steadily gaining the upper hand. Which also explains the rise of the poor quality of politicians:  "A people deserve their leaders", is a truism.  Because they either voted for them, or did nothing and let the others pick the low-grade person.


Given Natural and Human reality above, fact is that most water demand is for Agriculture, then Industry, and only then for household.  Public debate does not address this at all, or not in an objective and factual manner.  Politics and profits (both represented by powerful, self-serving interests) are driving the debate, not math, physics or common sense.

Given the non-negotiable reality of 1 above, suggest you plan for the negotiable/mitigating reality of human nature in point 2. 

IMO... If you're in CA or NV, please stay there, and don't expect the other states to "bail you in" with undue amounts of water.  You are not entitled to have them maintain your lifestyle, if you can't do it on your own.  And screw your produce -- we'll grown our own.  If you like your avocados, wine and raisins, you can keep your avocados, wine and raisins.  And NV, if you like your dancing girls and casinos, you can keep your dancing girls and casinos.

-Kirk out.

p.s. On a personal note...

In our case, after a few years in CA (and later in FL), we voted with our feet and went back where we came from: the Pac NW.  We're partial to the 4 real seasons, climate and geology of OR, WA, and BC.  Unfortunately, many long-time Californians got the same idea, and are not only driving up R/E prices, but are also "Californicating" the NW.  Even Portland, which was a fantastic city, has been deluged with bums and weirdos.  I'm told that many desperate counties outside the state put bums on the bus and ship them up here -- given the relatively mild climate and generous social policies that came about during the bygone "Days of Wine & Roses".  They are now degrading the downtown, and an evening stroll in downtown Portland is not what it used to be.  Seattle is marginally better, but its downtown does not have the same soul, in spite of its greater fame.  Vancouver?  Hongcouver is great -- if you bought there 20 years ago or come in with millions -- but who can afford to move in now?

John_Coltrane's picture

Does Taxas have an income tax?  No!!!  I believe Cali goes as high as 13%  How about restrictions on gun ownership and carry law? 

Yes, Texas is a bastion of freedom and liberty compared to Cali.  Its all relative you know!  I would never live in the People's Republic of California.

deflator's picture

And that has what to do with drought?

Tall Tom's picture

Not much.


But wait until they feel it in the pocketbook...


I will be laughing at them...all of the way to the bank.

Miles Ahead's picture

@john_Coltrane.   But your church (of St. John Coltrane) is in California?  What's up with that?

Anyway, the best:

Took Red Pill's picture

the cops in Texas are the worst! Call that freedom?

SubjectivObject's picture

It's Monsters Incorporated in every State (that I've been).

hardmedicine's picture

YOU ASSHOLE.  Texas was a bastion of freedom until the yankees and all the liberals came in here.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

But without so many trees, hot as fuck and lots of shittly little roads.

Texas is not paradise, its more like hell.

Stuck on Zero's picture

I'm pretty sure now that California will suffer catastrophic floods next year.  Nature likes to evade prediction.


sleigher's picture

It only has to rain an inch or so out there for the devastating mudslides.  Glad I am gone from that place.

European American's picture

They'll spread like the disease that they are and will fuck up Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, etc.  They're already fucking up Texas of all places!"

 You're way out of step with the pulse of that Invasive Species. They ransacked Washington State in the late '80's.


rogerramjet's picture


PLAIN and simple!  Your just another uneducated stupid Redneck that never graduated from  HS and still lives at home w/ mommie......






Miles Ahead's picture

@Save_America1st must be right.  And you must be a libtard or whatever he said.  Look at all the line space you were "entitled to" when you finished your comment.  That says a lot.  Edit that shit.  Delete all those lines; space is at a premium here.  And while you're at it spell 'your' like I just did.  (Get rid of those extra dots too... see? Three.)

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

roger, feeling ironic today?
It's "You're", not "Your".

RiderOnTheStorm's picture

The indians have a solution too.  But their way too busy selling firewater and fleecing the rest of America in their casinos . . . and have no time anymore for a few rain dances.