Drought causes chain reaction of high prices

Leviticus 26:18-20 “And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Important Takeaways:

  • Drought continuing to impact Montana hay producers
  • The U.S. Drought Monitor shows approximately one-third of Gallatin County is in the D3 intensity level — “Extreme Drought” — with the remaining in D2 intensity level.
  • “The growing conditions are worse,” Goosey said. “The top surface of the soil is so dry — even the moisture that we’ve got has only wet the top 6″-to-8″.
  • “A chain reaction. Hay comes at a higher price, ranchers liquidate portions of their herd so fewer cows go to market, and those that do come at a premium cost at the grocery store. All of this, coupled with the transportation fee and rising gas prices,” says MSU Associate Professor Dr. Jane Boles.

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20 years of drought creates big problems and tough decisions in the West

Leviticus 26:18-20 “And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Important Takeaways:

  • Years of Mega-Drought Add Up to Mega Problems for the West
  • Twenty years of drought in the western United States are causing havoc once again this spring. Wildfires fueled by parched land and high winds have been whipping across northern New Mexico for weeks, the country’s largest reservoirs are at historic lows and California just recorded the three driest months on record.
  • “When the wind is this dangerous and this unpredictable and we’ve got gusts up to 70 miles per hour on many days, there is no way you can actively pursue putting the fire out.”
  • The National Weather Services said in addition to New Mexico, parts of Arizona, Colorado, and Texas face extreme fire danger right now.
  • Other visible signs of the mega-drought include Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the country’s two largest reservoirs. Their water levels are at historic lows with capacity at just 30 percent.
  • In southern California, the Metropolitan Water District is asking consumers to cut water use by up to thirty percent in response

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Tornados, drought, and wildfires continue to increase

Luke 21:7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?” Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and epidemics in many lands, and there will be terrifying things (that which strikes terror), and great miraculous signs in the heavens.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Over half of U.S. in drought as wildfires burn, tornado activity surges
  • The figure from the U.S. Drought Monitor — that 53.8 percent of the lower 48 states have received a deficiency of precipitation — technically marks an improvement from a dramatic low in March, when the figure stood above 60 percent.
  • The drier conditions in the West are leading to an earlier start to wildfire season, fueling multiple blazes that broke out in New Mexico in April and have since continued to burn, merge and grow.
  • the largest New Mexico wildfire, the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire, was just 43 percent contained after burning nearly 200,000 acres.
  • A record-breaking number of tornadoes in March was followed in April, the NOAA wrote, by “above-average” twister activity.

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Going into summer, reservoir conditions are critically low

Leviticus 26:18-20 “And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Important Takeaways:

  • It’s not even summer, and California’s two largest reservoirs are at ‘critically low’ levels
  • In the U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest report, officials described both reservoir conditions as “critically low” going into the summer.
  • Shasta Lake, which rises more than 1,000 feet above sea level when filled to the brim, is at less than half of where it usually should be in early May
  • Lake Oroville, the largest reservoir in the State Water Project, a roughly 700-mile lifeline that pumps and ferries water all the way to Southern California, is currently at 55% of total capacity.
  • Along the Colorado River, projections show that the nation’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are reaching a shortage so severe that larger water cuts are likely in 2023 for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico — and at some point, California.

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Lake Powell currently holding less than 1/4 of its capacity. Today’s decision to delay release water to downstream states is unprecedented

Leviticus 26:18-20 “And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Important Takeaways:

  • Officials take emergency measures to ease drought crisis at low Lake Powell
  • Located on the Utah-Arizona border, Lake Powell is currently at an all-time low surface elevation of 3,522 feet since it was filled in the 1960s — holding less than one-fourth of its full capacity
  • The lowest point at which Glen Canyon Dam can generate hydropower is 3,490 feet, its “minimum power pool”
  • The Bureau of Reclamation said Tuesday that it will delay the planned release of water from the Colorado River reservoir of Lake Powell to downstream states (Arizona, California and Nevada) by holding back nearly 480,000 acre-feet of water. Officials are hoping that withholding the water will boost the reservoir for an additional 12 months.
  • “Today’s decision reflects the truly unprecedented challenges facing the Colorado River Basin and will provide operational certainty for the next year,”

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Water Restriction tightens as Drought continues

Leviticus 26:18-20 “And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Important Takeaways:

  • 6 million SoCal residents asked to limit outdoor watering to 1 day a week under new restrictions
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California called on all Southern California residents and businesses to slash water use by 30% to combat drought conditions “unlike anything we’ve experienced before.”
  • The once-a-week watering restriction will impact Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.
  • MWD offers a rebate of $2 per square foot for people who replace their grass with water-efficient landscaping. Rebates are also available from other local water agencies.
  • The rebate program has helped remove 200 million square feet of grass, which has saved enough water to provide about 62,000 homes with water each year, officials said.

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Santiago Chile plans to ration water use as it goes into its 13th year of drought

Leviticus 26:18-20 “And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Chile announces unprecedented plan to ration water as drought enters 13th year
  • “We’re in an unprecedented situation in Santiago’s 491-year history where we have to prepare for there to not be enough water for everyone who lives here.”
  • The government estimates that the country’s water availability has dropped 10% to 37% over the last 30 years and could drop another 50% in northern and central Chile by 2060.
  • Chile has announced an unprecedented plan to ration water for the capital of Santiago, a city of nearly 6 million.
  • The plan features a four-tier alert system that goes from green to red and starts with public service announcements, moves on to restricting water pressure and ends with rotating water cuts of up to 24 hours for about 1.7 million customers.

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As Drought continues in California Newsom urges stricter policies

2 Timothy 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

Important Takeaways:

  • Newsom urged Californians to cut water use by 15%. In February they saved less than 1%
  • Figures released this week by the State Water Resources Control Board showed that even during a third year of drought, Californians have been slow to step up conservation efforts.
  • Newsom last week issued an order for urban water suppliers to implement more aggressive conservation measures, requiring them to activate “Level 2” of their local drought contingency plans to prepare for shortages. The governor also directed the state water board to consider a ban on watering “nonfunctional” grass at businesses and other properties.
  • The Colorado River, which supplies water to seven states and Mexico, has shrunk dramatically during two decades of dryness intensified by unprecedented warmth, and its reservoirs are continuing to decline.
  • California’s water managers have cut deliveries through the State Water Project to 5% of full allocations, and have called for residents to conserve.

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Summer hasn’t yet arrived and experts say Texas Drought is looking worse than 2011

2 Timothy 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

Important Takeaways:

  • The Texas drought is the worst in years. Are we on the brink of widespread disaster?
  • As of March 29, 88% of Texas was in drought conditions, affecting an estimated 18.2 million Texans, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. About 42% of the state is seeing extreme or exceptional drought.
  • Just three months ago, 67% of the state was in drought with 11% extreme or exceptional.
  • Conditions in West Texas, however, are expected to worsen with little rainfall.

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Texas Drought and Wildfires

2 Timothy 3:1 “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.”

Important Takeaways:

  • 5 things to know about the Texas drought: Wildfires, relief and more
  • There are 53 active wildfires in Texas burning more than approximately 237,227 acres in the state
  • Data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 95.7% of the state is “abnormally dry,” which can lead to the postponement of planting and elevated risk of grass fires.
  • Slightly more than 40% of Texas is experiencing an “extreme drought” or higher rating designation, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This level of drought can lead to sand and dust storms, decreased yields for crops and increased need for supplemental feed, nutrients, protein and water for livestock.
  • Additionally, 6.2% of the state is in an “exceptional drought,”
  • Texas isn’t the only state dealing with drought conditions. A little more than 58% of the nation is at least abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with 14.3% experiencing an extreme drought and 1.6% experiencing an exceptional drought.

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