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20 Signs The Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic
Prophecy Newswatch ^ | July 17, 2014 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 07/17/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT by Maudeen

20 Signs The Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

July 17, 2014 | Michael Snyder

When scientists start using phrases such as "the worst drought" and "as bad as you can imagine" to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad. Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age.

The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought persists we will eventually see far more extreme water conservation measures than that. And the fact that nearly half of all of the produce in America comes out of the state of California means that ultimately this drought is going to deeply affect all of us.

Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go. Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices. The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic...

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1 posted on 07/17/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT by Maudeen
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To: Maudeen

Why excerpt this site?

Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go. Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices. The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic...

#1 According to the Los Angeles Times, downtown Los Angeles is now the driest that it has been since records began being kept all the way back in 1877.

#2 The California State Water Resources Control Board says that nearly 50 communities are already on the verge of running out of water.

#3 In a desperate attempt to conserve water, the state of California is considering banning watering lawns and washing cars. Once implemented, violators will be slapped with a $500 fine for each offense.

#4 It has been reported that a new social media phenomenon known as “drought shaming” has begun in California. People are taking videos and photos of their neighbors wasting water and posting them to Facebook and Twitter.

#5 Climate scientist Tim Barnett says that the water situation in Las Vegas “is as bad as you can imagine”, and he believes that unless the city “can find a way to get more water from somewhere” it will soon be “out of business”.

#6 The water level in Lake Mead has now fallen to the lowest level since 1937, and it continues to drop at a frightening pace. You can see some incredible photos of what has happened to Lake Mead right here.

#7 Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity believes that the city of Las Vegas is going to be forced to downsize because of the lack of water...

The drought is like a slow spreading cancer across the desert. It’s not like a tornado or a tsunami, bang. The effects are playing out over decades. And as the water situation becomes more dire we are going to start having to talk about the removal of people (from Las Vegas).

#8 In some areas of southern Nevada, officials are actually paying people to remove their lawns in a desperate attempt to conserve water.

#9 According to Accuweather, “more than a decade of drought” along the Colorado River has set up an “impending Southwest water shortage” which could ultimately affect tens of millions of people.

#10 Most people don’t realize this, but the once mighty Colorado River has become so depleted that it no longer runs all the way to the ocean.

#11 Lake Powell is less than half full at this point.

#12 It is being projected that the current drought in California will end up costing the state more than 2 billion dollars this year alone.

#13 Farmers in California are allowing nearly half a million acres to lie fallow this year due to the extreme lack of water.

#14 The lack of produce coming from the state of California will ultimately affect food prices in the entire nation. Just consider the following statistics from a recent Business Insider article...

California is one of the U.S.’s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country’s produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream. Eighty percent of the world’s almonds come from the state, and they take an extraordinary amount of water to produce — 1.1 gallons per almond.

#15 As underground aquifers are being relentlessly drained in California, some areas of the San Joaquin Valley are sinking by 11 inches a year.

#16 It is being projected that the Kansas wheat harvest will be the worst that we have seen since 1989.

#17 The extended drought has created ideal conditions for massive dust storms to form. You can see video of one female reporter bravely reporting from the middle of a massive dust storm in Phoenix right here.

#18 Things are so dry in California right now that people are actually starting to steal water. For example, one Mendocino County couple recently had 3,000 gallons of water stolen from them. It was the second time this year that they had been hit.

#19 At the moment, close to 80 percent of the state of California is experiencing either “extreme” or “exceptional” drought.

#20 National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt says that this is “the worst drought we probably have seen in our lifetime”.

Most people just assume that this drought will be temporary, but experts tell us that there have been “megadroughts” throughout history in the western half of the United States that have lasted for more than 100 years.

If we have entered one of those eras, it is going to fundamentally change life in America.

And the frightening thing is that much of the rest of the world is dealing with water scarcity issues right now as well. In fact, North America is actually in better shape than much of Africa and Asia. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources”.

Without plenty of fresh water, modern civilization is not possible.

And right now, the western United States and much of the rest of the world is starting to come to grips with the fact that we could be facing some very serious water shortages in the years ahead.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 1:13:44 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: Maudeen

And here in Colorado, we are ending our drought and are having to deal with flash floods.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 1:17:48 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: thackney

Where I live in central KY it is unnecessary to water lawns, though gardens need it. But it got pretty dry before a rain that came just in time. Still, we have plenty of water, and many people build their own ponds around here for non-drinking purposes.

If every house in the southwest saved its rainwater off the roof, this problem would not exist.


4 posted on 07/17/2014 1:18:24 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: thackney

And the cause of the drought is..........?


5 posted on 07/17/2014 1:19:02 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Maudeen

sounds like a good time to import a couple million more illiterate farm migrants from central america into the west and southwest

NOT


6 posted on 07/17/2014 1:20:44 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

It’s a damn DESERT!


7 posted on 07/17/2014 1:20:57 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: cuban leaf
f every house in the southwest saved its rainwater off the roof, this problem would not exist.

It is probably illegal.

Though, seriously, we get rain so infrequently. At least here in AZ.

But, really, if the water is running out--the answer would naturally be import more bodies who rely on WATER to live.

8 posted on 07/17/2014 1:21:20 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Global Warming no doubt. Along with Bush’s Fault!


9 posted on 07/17/2014 1:21:29 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Maudeen

Can or freeze the produce you can this summer. This winter the prices are going up a lot!


10 posted on 07/17/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT by freemama
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To: The_Media_never_lie

And the cause of the drought is..........?


Those damned coal miners driving their SUV’s to work.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 1:22:04 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: riri

It is probably illegal.


Exactly. A government caused problem.

One of the reasons I left Seattle for KY is intrusion into my private decision making ability by the state. I revel out here every time I see a pickup truck with passengers in the back.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 1:23:32 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Maudeen

Nuclear power + desalinization plants on the west coast = problem solved

Will that happen in California? Not in a million years.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 1:23:44 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: taxcontrol

Lots of good rain in central TX this week. In fact, it’s raining now.

When considering this article, I think it might be good to keep in mind the Marine intelligence aphorism “Why am I being told this? Why am I being told this now?” It smacks of more “buffalo jump” governance, commonly encapsulated as “don’t let a crisis go to waste.” Someone in position to profit from water projects wants a panic.


14 posted on 07/17/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: silverleaf

A couple of desalination plants up and down the coast should take care of it.

Now, go shame the anti human left and the rich Hollywood freaks.


15 posted on 07/17/2014 1:24:52 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: NorthMountain

“It’s a damn DESERT!’

Precisely, but don’t expect the MSM to say anything about it.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 1:25:11 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: thackney

Because I can’t seem to post a url link and this is the only way I personally can do it.


17 posted on 07/17/2014 1:25:40 PM PDT by Maudeen ("End Times Warrior - Just a Sinner Saved by Grace")
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To: Maudeen

Already posted, same article, different blog.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3123710/posts

I find the best way to search is take a couple of words like “20 signs” and search the title.


18 posted on 07/17/2014 1:25:44 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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They live by water. Go fix it. Desalinize.


19 posted on 07/17/2014 1:26:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: thackney

One thing will help: expel the illegal aliens. Such an expulsion will help reduce demand.


20 posted on 07/17/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: NorthMountain
It’s a damn DESERT!

Yes, guess we all forgot.

21 posted on 07/17/2014 1:27:15 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: cuban leaf

If every house in the southwest saved its rainwater off the roof, this problem would not exist.

What rainwater?


22 posted on 07/17/2014 1:27:25 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (The larger the government, the smaller the people)
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To: Maudeen

Prophecy Newswatch?

LOL! Really?


23 posted on 07/17/2014 1:28:16 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Joan Kerrey

You mean in illegal rain barrels?


24 posted on 07/17/2014 1:28:52 PM PDT by Maudeen ("End Times Warrior - Just a Sinner Saved by Grace")
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To: Paine in the Neck

Yep an excellent point.

I’ll bet that California will see more invasive legislation to control the people and perhaps even an attempt to control food production (ala agenda 21).


25 posted on 07/17/2014 1:29:25 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: thackney
"Starting to Become Apocalyptic" is quite iffy as a headline. Is it or is it not apocalyptic? Is it becoming apocalyptic? After it starts becoming apocalyptic, will it continue to become apocalyptic, or will it start to stop becoming apocalyptic and then never actually reach truly apocalyptic? So many questions. There are 20 evidences, and yet in sum total they are not enough for the author to declare that the drought is apocalyptic. The article is a big hedge against the author sticking his or her neck out.

Not saying we shouldn't conserve or anything like that, but we also don't need to get all panicky about it. I'm living in the middle of it, and I do not plan to cancel my flood insurance.

26 posted on 07/17/2014 1:29:57 PM PDT by webheart (We are all pretty much living in a fiction.)
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To: Maudeen

They have limitless water just west but the environazis will never allow desalinizing.


27 posted on 07/17/2014 1:30:31 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Maudeen

“Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.”

“You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops.”

Water is life and rain is a blessing from God.


28 posted on 07/17/2014 1:30:49 PM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: cuban leaf
I think the days of everyone having a pool and hot tub are over. The days of semi arid areas having lush vegetation is over.....

we need to keep water supplies for human consumption,animal consumption, and for vegetables and orchards.....the days of lush lawns in semi arid days should be a thing of the past....

when my husband was in Africa, they golfed on cut weeds and sand.....

29 posted on 07/17/2014 1:31:49 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cuban leaf

The problem has less to do with households than farms. 80% of California’s water goes to farming.

Where I live in Arizona, the water run-off of my roof would NOT keep me in water year around. The vast majority of the water falling on my 2 acres runs off into temporary rivers. The water supplier for my area has kept a pretty level pumping depth for the last 10 years, but hopes to bring in outside water to supplement it for continuing growth.

In Arizona, farming takes up about 70% of the state’s water.


30 posted on 07/17/2014 1:32:44 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: Maudeen; All

We have more water than we need here in LA (lower Alabama) Roll Tide!


31 posted on 07/17/2014 1:32:57 PM PDT by notdownwidems (Shellback pollywogs! U.S.S. William H. Standley, CG-32 1977-80)
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To: Joan Kerrey

It does rain. Many areas like this get deluges, most of which runs out to sea. Building dams allows dry areas to be fruitful, but if that isn’t enough, even private citizens saving their rain water can make a difference.

During this drought, there have been lots of stories about flooding from rain water in LA.


32 posted on 07/17/2014 1:33:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Paine in the Neck
While I don't doubt there is a drought. There may very well be. I have to wonder how much the dams play into this and is it orchestrated to some extent?

I really have no idea, I just trust nothing these people say or do. Or the "scientists" that work for them.

33 posted on 07/17/2014 1:33:12 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Prophecy Newswatch?

LOL! Really?


You won’t be laughing if you aren’t “ultimately” prepared. Look up. http://www.patburt.com/


34 posted on 07/17/2014 1:33:34 PM PDT by Maudeen ("End Times Warrior - Just a Sinner Saved by Grace")
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To: Maudeen

The URL is included in the original post at the top. Cutting out most of the text doesn’t change what you entered in that line.


35 posted on 07/17/2014 1:33:58 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: Mr Rogers

Yes. It would not be a panacea, but it could buy time between “wet periods”.


36 posted on 07/17/2014 1:34:03 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Disambiguator
Nuclear power + desalinization plants on the west coast = problem solved

All the water you want for only 5 times the current prices. What a great solution.

37 posted on 07/17/2014 1:35:30 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: thackney

Desalinization YES, but only after the super-train.


38 posted on 07/17/2014 1:37:53 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: The_Media_never_lie
And the cause of the drought is..........?
George Bush (c'mon, get with the program) !!!
39 posted on 07/17/2014 1:39:47 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Disambiguator

You don’t even need the nuke. Drain salt/sea water to death valley and use solar mirror to steam it off. The steam supplies electric power for the operation and steam power to pump the water back where it is needed.

Likely sea salt and other by products could be used also...


40 posted on 07/17/2014 1:41:01 PM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: Maudeen

Plenty of water here in the Tennessee valley water system TVA, in fact, Atlanta tried to move their border with Tennessee to “borrow” some a few years back, causing a little friction in these parts.


41 posted on 07/17/2014 1:45:13 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: El Laton Caliente
Drain salt/sea water to death valley

You know it isn't downhill all the way, don't you. 3000 foot high probably at the low points between them and the sea.

42 posted on 07/17/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: thackney
All the water you want for only 5 times the current prices. What a great solution.

If none is available at the current prices, the current prices are irrelevant.

43 posted on 07/17/2014 1:47:36 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: Maudeen

Stupid article. The solution is always the simplest answer. In this case, it is one word: DESALINIZATION

The Pacific Ocean is 64 million sq. miles with an average depth of 12,925 ft. Assuming 50% conversion salt water to fresh water, reducing the depth of the Pacific Ocean by one foot would provide 518.7 billion gallons of potable water.


44 posted on 07/17/2014 1:47:36 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: cuban leaf

Except when there IS no rain!! Hard to collect nothing in a barrel.


45 posted on 07/17/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: HangnJudge
Plenty of water here in the Tennessee valley water system

For that matter, we have plenty of water here in the PNW with the Columbia and Snake river systems, but California ain't getting it! (although I do wish there was a way to help them with agricultural uses).

46 posted on 07/17/2014 1:49:23 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: El Laton Caliente
Drain salt/sea water to death valley and use solar mirror to steam it off

And you can sell the flash-roasted birds, too! Kind of like the rotisserie chickens at Costco, but with the feathers still on.

/s

47 posted on 07/17/2014 1:49:38 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

In California’s case: the feds

In general, El Nino or La Nina:

Historical Droughts in Central Mexico and Their Relation with El Niño
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/237966745_Historical_Droughts_in_Central_Mexico_and_Their_Relation_with_El_Nio

A Study of Historical Droughts in Southeastern Mexico
http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI3726.1

Causes and consequences of nineteenth century droughts in North America (La Nina)
http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/div/ocp/drought/nineteenth.shtml

and, just for an aside, lice-born typhus coincides with drought:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/3/13-1366_article


48 posted on 07/17/2014 1:50:21 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: NTHockey
Assuming 50% conversion salt water to fresh water, reducing the depth of the Pacific Ocean by one foot would provide 518.7 billion gallons of potable water.

Remember that to do that you also have to drain all the other seas by one foot so you'd probably get an unimaginable amount of water.

49 posted on 07/17/2014 1:51:07 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: Disambiguator

How many buyers are at the price you would cause?


50 posted on 07/17/2014 1:51:34 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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