The weather, currently.
Even though the snow is gone, we still have one more bit of winter like weather to worry about. A Freeze Watch is in effect for Thursday night because we see temperatures in the low 30s and upper 20s overnight. If you are reading this email on Thursday night, good! Go bring in any sensitive plants, any plants and go detach your hoses from your pipes if you can.
Let's now move on to your Friday and your weekend. The cold front/low pressure system that brought our snow on Thursday is moving out of Colorado and headed to the southeast. An area of high pressure will make its way our direction for the end of the week. That will bring warmer and drier air from the desert southwest and will help our temperatures warm up and produce sunny skies.
So, basically we go back to fall mode Friday through the weekend. Here's your Friday and weekend forecast:
1) Friday: Cold morning! Temperatures in the upper 20s around sunrise. By the afternoon, that high pressure will settle in and bring temperatures back into the low 60s.
2) Saturday: Mostly sunny. Temperatures in the low 30s for the morning and low 60s in the afternoon.
3) Sunday: Mostly sunny. Temperatures in the low 30s for the morning and low 60s in the afternoon.
Activity forecast: All activities: Plan for freezing mornings and mild afternoons Friday through this weekend. If you want to be out in the mornings for the next three days wear a warm coat and think layers if you are going to be outside through most of the day.
New! Mountain forecast: Sunny Friday through the weekend. We see very cold mornings in the teens and highs will be in the low 50s and upper 40s.
What you need to know, currently.
New research by the Southern Nevada Water Authority aims to pinpoint where water is lost from the Colorado River due to evaporation. Due to unrelenting drought across the Western United States the river’s output is down to about 20 percent of what it was in the 1900’s.
While the megadrought has definitely been intensified by climate change — one study suggests the Southwest hasn’t been this dry in 1,200 years — the water shortage is due in large part to a 100 year old deal called the Colorado River Compact, which allocated water to Western states using faulty numbers.
“The framers of the compact — and water leaders since then — have always either known or had access to the information that the allocation they were making were more than what the river could supply,” Anne Castle, a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center at the University of Colorado Law School told AP News. Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both of which are supplied by the Colorado River, reached record lows this year; sunken ships began to emerge from the waterline and a sixth body was recently found.
Should water levels continue to decline, the water sharing agreement will be threatened — with upper basin states likely cutting off the supply to the lower basin. Researchers from the Southern Nevada Water Authority believe that correctly identifying evaporation rates along the river, in order to make supply cuts among lower basin states, may help keep the river at a sustainable level and forestall more drastic action.
What you can do, currently.
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