Expanding Western drought sets 122-year record: 科学家们

几乎 90 percent of the the region is now considered to be in drought.

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美国. Drought Monitor – a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 美国. Department of Agriculture and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – reports that more than 60 million Americans are currently affected by drought conditions.

A multi-agency webinar discussing the status of the drought and response efforts in the region was held Tuesday, hosted by the National Integrated Drought Information System.

The webinar featured remarks from USDA and Interior Department officials, and an update from NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad, who said the lingering drought costs the U.S. $ 63 billion annually, in addition to multibillion-dollar losses from 野火.

It’s a crisis that Spinrad said will only worsen – citing the 1-in-1,000-year June heat wave - 作为 气候变化 exacerbates the frequency, duration and intensity of drought.

David Simeral, a climatologist with the Western Regional Climate Center, blamed an overall lack of precipitation and rising temperatures on top of 20 years of drought in the West for creating the current crisis.

Lake Mead, NV - June 28: An aerial view of droughts effect at Hemenway Harbor, Lake Mead, which is at its lowest level in history since it was filled 85 几年前, 星期六月une 28, 2021. The ongoing drought has made a severe impact on Lake Mead and a milestone in the Colorado River's crisis. High temperatures, increased contractual demands for water and diminishing supply are shrinking the flow into Lake Mead. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the U.S., 伸展 112 miles long, a shoreline of 759 英里, a total capacity of 28,255,000 acre-feet, and a maximum depth of 532 脚. (Allen J. Schaben / 洛杉矶时报,通过盖蒂图片社)

Lake Mead, NV – 六月 28: An aerial view of droughts effect at Hemenway Harbor, Lake Mead, which is at its lowest level in history since it was filled 85 几年前, 星期一, 六月 28, 2021. The ongoing drought has made a severe impact on Lake Mead and a milestone in the Colorado River’s crisis. High temperatures, increased contractual demands for water and diminishing supply are shrinking the flow into Lake Mead. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the U.S., 伸展 112 miles long, a shoreline of 759 英里, a total capacity of 28,255,000 acre-feet, and a maximum depth of 532 脚. (Allen J. Schaben / 洛杉矶时报,通过盖蒂图片社)

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