2014 - Summer Heats Up
Amazingly enough, while December 2013 started off with record low temps., and some smattering of snow, winter never really happened. While we had some snow (nothing like usual) and rain, it is dry in Oregon's Outback.
This area is surrounded by forests in the mountains and farm land in the valleys. The Fire Danger level is currently High [June 26, 2014], although usually by August it is Extreme. This year there is some speculation that the "extreme" level will be reached in the early part of July because we just do not have water. If any thunderstorms do rage through the area, we will have a problem, because the lakes are dry and there is no place to scoop water out of.
Farming & Ranching people have been notified that their allocation of water from the vast canal system has been vastly reduced if not ended. Long time residents have never seen it this bad before. The Goose Lake & Drew's have dried up in previous years, but most of the higher elevation lakes, ponds, etc have not, unlike 2013.
An interesting thing to note is the number of web sites talking about sea level rise, some with goofy maps. Years ago, we included a website that you could manipulate based on whatever sea level rise the "experts" were predicting by the year 2100. For those folks who forget that 1 meter = 3.280839895 feet (to be exact), you too can figure out what your exact location will look like based on whatever meters you manipulate the graphic to. If you happen to already live there, might consider moving now.
To remind folks, here are the fire sites to watch: active fires & fire warnings for the entire USA.
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