March 3, 2006

Well we’ve done it. With no rain yesterday, Phoenix has broken its prior record of days without rain – now a whopping 136 137! Even though we live in a desert and long stretches without rain are to be expected, even long-time residents and observers are amazed – especially those who monitor the effects of the drought on the snowpack typically found in the state’s northern high country. There’s no doubt about it – even for a desert region, we’re in a historically significant drought, resulting in a number of adverse effects on the area:

That evidence can be found most dramatically in the high country’s lack of snowpack.

Snow measuring sites monitored by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service showed that 29 of 34 sites had no snow — the barest the survey sites have been going back to the earliest records in the late 1930s. A survey team scouting for snow this week in the San Francisco Peaks outside Flagstaff found just 4 inches where there should have been more than 50. Snowpack is critical for Arizona’s water supplies, feeding the streams and reservoirs that supply Phoenix, Flagstaff and dozens of other communities.

…The U.S. Forest Service imposed restrictions in four areas last month, the earliest the agency had ever taken such steps. And forest closures are possible by spring.

…Jim deVos, research chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said the drought is expected to take a heavy toll on wildlife as well.

…Air quality has also been hurt by the lack of moisture. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a stunning 24 high-pollution advisories since Nov. 1, and exceeded the federal standard for coarse particulates 29 times.

And things don’t look to be improving anytime soon, as it appears the west coast of South America is in for a short but intense La Nina period, meaning:

Under La Nina, the sea-surface temperature in the central and eastern tropical Pacific falls below normal.

This typically brings far dryer weather to the southwestern United States, Florida and western Latin America and above-average rainfall to Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Even though this latest round, while unusually intense, is only expected to last another 3-6 months, it does pose a potential threat to the moisture and storms in our “monsoon period”, which typically occurs from late July through August. These months typically provide needed rains and a welcome respite from the fierce summer heat, but if this La Nina impacts that even minimally, it could be one long, miserable summer out here.

Speaking of broken records, I think most rational people understand that there is plenty of blame to go around in New Orleans re: the Hurricane Katrina fiasco. Between the levee boards, the mayor, the governor, FEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security, it is obvious that a serious lack of accountability, communication, and coordination between these various entities combined to do what the hurricane couldn’t. If, however, all you ever heard was the mainstream media’s pathetic reporting and the incessant bleatings of its partners-in-crime, the Democrats, you’d never hear about the school buses under water, the reckless spending by Governor Blanco, the misspent dollars allocated to fixing and building up the levees, or the fact that actual Katrina death statistics contradict the perception of a primarily African-American tragedy.

Predictably, the MSM and the Democrats have chosen to focus only on the federal government’s undeniably tepid response, but their most recent attempt to show that the President was somehow uncaring, out of touch, or lacking in concern prior to or during the storm and its aftermath – despite all the evidence to the contrary – shows just how totally over the edge they’ve gone.

The fact is, it is only the Prez who seems to have acknowledged any kind of responsibility for the problems with relief that occurred in New Orleans following the levee breaches. To my knowledge, neither their fool mayor Ray Nagin or their even bigger fool governor Kathleen Blanco have taken one iota of blame for their obvious lack of planning, competence, and concern before, during, or after the storm. The Democrats’ latest attempt to politicize the issue by trying to lay all blame at the foot of the President, and the mainstream media’s enthusiastic trumpeting of their charges, is an absolute disgrace. Of course, the Dems need to do this in order to cultivate and maintain a political wedge between a Republican administration and the Democrats’ most valuable and loyal constituency (read: African-Americans) in a critical election year. The fact they choose to do this when there remains so much left to do in both New Orleans and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in terms of aid, support, and managing the rebuilding process shows just how little shame they have. To call it a disgrace is simply not enough.

Filed in: Politics & World Events,Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 17:41 | Comments (0)
No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment


goodboys.jpg


Search The Site



Recent Items

Categories

Archives
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006


Blogroll

Syndication

4 Goodboys Only

Site Info