rainbowgardener wrote:I hope scientists somewhere are working on efficient, economical ways to move water around. . .
What is typical of the western US is a dry growing season. Most agricultural areas are dependent on irrigation. Obviously, the entire West isn't irrigated but where most of the food can be grown, is.
Most states have state climate offices and the information to be found there is a little less to sort thru than with the National Weather Service. Unfortunately, that may mean the information available isn't for the place where we live . . . Eric's home in Friday Harbor probably won't be well represented. My growing conditions are fairly close to Spokane Int Airport so I can reference that.
Snow-melt is an important deal
around here since so much farmland is without irrigation. The 3 months of Summer has an average of 2.48" of rain. It hasn't been trending too much off that mark the last few years. Of course the Summer rainfall doesn't tell the full story nor does the story in the interior up here on the ID/WA border tell the story of what is happening in the Southwest.
One thing, with only 2Â½" of Summer rain to play around with, there isn't much to spare. A dry Summer like 2003, which had the least rain during a 120 years of records, meant that the â…”" of rain was just too little to amount to anything. Without irrigation, growing conditions slide easily to the unproductive margins.
blessed to be living on a very fine aquifer
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks