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Water: could be worse next summer

Another severe drought

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There’s growing concern among some scientists that Texas’ drought could linger through another dry winter and return next summer to more deeply ravage an already water-stressed state, according to Eric Berger, writing in the Houston Chronicle:

“I’ve started telling anyone who’s interested that it’s likely much of Texas will still be in severe drought this time next summer, with water supply implications even worse than those we are now experiencing,” said John Nielsen-Gammon, the state climatologist and a Texas A&M University professor.

In the short term, there’s little relief in store. Houston topped 100 degrees (101) again Monday, beating the record of 32 total days with temperatures reaching the century mark set in 1980 (not consecutive).

Rain chances through the end of the month are low, although isolated showers could break through the high pressure during afternoon hours this week.

But the odds of sustained, widespread rain showers are low for the foreseeable future, and the climate outlook for this winter isn’t much better.

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.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said:

so, to ask the obvious…what’s the status of greywater codes in Houston and rest of state?  Are there any new initiatives that can be rolled out?

It seems very logical that my daily shower, dishwasher and sink use would be more efficiently used to keep my foundation wet, toilets filled and trees watered.

Posted on Aug 29, 11 at 10:05 pm

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