The median forecast for flows on the upper Colorado River, out this morning, is 5.8 million acre feet, 73 percent of normal. That is down 400,000 acre feet from a month ago, and represents a continued reduction in the probability that there will be extra water upstream to pass down to replenish Lake Mead.
Flows on the more southerly basins, including the Virgin, San Juan and Little Colorado, look better.
John – looks like a classic El Nino spatial distribution for basin water resources; and perhaps one of the few natural ‘cycles’ that may save the southern states in the basin (look at S.Juan and the Gila basins!).
Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting. ep
So if Utah passes legislation denying global warming, can AZ, NV, and CA sue them to provide their full share of runoff?
@LL – probably not in the case of AZ; because our legislature will likely follow Utah’s lead on that issue