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Tue Apr 28, 2020, 02:53 PM

Part of the US is experiencing a megadrought of epic proportions, one study reports

Southwestern North America is in the midst of "the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s and the second driest since [the year] 800," according to a new study in Science magazine. The area includes large areas of the western United States, extending from California, Arizona and New Mexico north to Oregon and Idaho, the Washington Post notes.

The researchers used hydrological modeling and new 1,200-year tree-ring reconstructions of summer soil moisture to produce their findings. The study argues that global warming has "pushed what would have been a moderate drought in southwestern North America into megadrought territory."

The study of the ancient trees and their tree rings enabled the researchers to reconstruct what the climate looked like in the western U.S. in the past, according to Forbes magazine. With this method, the scientists were able to deduce the average soil moisture through time in a region then plot the soil moisture and compare historical megadroughts to current conditions.

"It seems to me that this is a very important study," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson. "It makes sense that there is now clearly a human footprint that is already starting to have an influence on these megadroughts by making them more extreme and potentially longer-lasting. The researchers clearly did their homework on this one."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/part-of-the-us-is-experiencing-a-megadrought-of-epic-proportions-one-study-reports/ar-BB13hlt9?li=BBnb7Kz

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2020, 03:10 PM

1. Hope people start to understand

what is happening on the ground here in the Southwest. If you doubt,to to U-Tube and videos dealing with this new Drought and just how ugly this coming Summer will be. The Snowpack in the Sierras is spotty at best,some areas are at 40% and the April Snow dumps are done.

So hang on,going to be one hell of a summer season .

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Tue Apr 28, 2020, 03:45 PM

2. And then there's the DC region!

Heavy rain event likely in D.C. area Thursday, with areas of flooding.
One to two inches of soaking rain is likely to cap a historically wet April.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/04/28/heavy-rain-event-likely-dc-area-thursday-with-areas-flooding/?

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