Battle of the Hoovers

Here’s an update on the Battle of the Droughts between the Hoovers:

Herbert Hoover Dike’s Lake Okeechobee has begun to rebound out of its record low territory. Yes, it made it a full 500 days (and running) below 11 ft above sea level. But that streak could be days away from coming to an end.

As for Hoover Dam’s Lake Mead, out at the Arizona-Nevada border, it continues to drop to new lows. It’s currently just above 1100 ft mean sea level, continuing its decade-long 100 ft plummet.

That’s surprising considering all the talk I’ve heard about the record snow up in the Rocky Mountains.

All I can figure is that the Burea of Reclamation must be filling up Lake Powell (behind Glen Canyon Dam) first. Glen Canyon is the dam that feeds water down into the Grand Canyon.

It’s interesting to note the difference between a Florida drought and an American Southwest drought.

Out West they have a ton of places to store water, but not much rain (4 inches per year at Lake Mead). And without much of a snowpack, Lake Mead has had no place to go but down: dropping around 10 ft per year over the past 10 years.

Over here in Florida, we have lots of rain (55 inches per year), but not much place to store it. All it took was two years to drop from a fairly high level in Lake O into our record drought. But that was only a 7 ft drop … total.

I’ll have to look into the Lake Powell situation to find out more.
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