Much of the western US faces risks of drought, extreme heat, and fires
Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, which feeds water to 25 million people in the western states, is historically low. Water level fell on 9th June 1,071.57 feet above sea level, beating narrowly a record low final set 2016.
The lake’s surface has dropped 140 feet since 2000, leaving the reservoir just 37 percent full. With such a dramatic drop, officials are expected to declare an official insufficiency of water for the first time ever. It can affect the water and energy that Lake Mead and Hoover Dam deliver to Arizona, California and Nevada.
The water levels in Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, are Be expected To keep falling throughout the year. Drought on the water level of the lake is also affecting other states in the region. “Please join me and the Utans, regardless of religious affiliation, on a weekend of humble prayer for rain,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox said in a video petition last week. He declared a state of emergency in March as Utah, like the West, plunged deep into drought.
In the midst of dangerous drought conditions, we are inviting all Utans – regardless of religious affiliation – to join in a collective and humble prayer for rain this weekend.
– Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) 3 June 2021
It didn’t help that a raging spring heatwave Hit much of the continental US this past weekend. Las Vegas, about 30 miles from Lake Mead, could see temperatures reaching 109 degrees Fahrenheit and even higher next week. Overall, drought and heat are scary omen for this year’s fire season. there is a higher than normal risk of fire predictable For the Southwest through June, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
In July, the southwest monsoon season is expected to arrive and provide some respite – at least temporarily. climate change has brought Higher spring and summer temperatures, more severe wildfires, less snow (which much of the West relies on for water), and more intense dry weather.