TEMA declares state of emergency over drought in Tennessee

Current U.S. Drought MonitorThe Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of emergency In response to the continuing drought Thursday evening.

TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan pointed to the drought’s impact on over 300 water systems, 6,000 acres burned in wildfires and weather forecasts that are not showing any significant precipitation in Tennessee through the remainder of 2016.

“The State of Emergency will allow TEMA to engage personnel and resources from our State and Federal partners to be sure we are in a position to respond effectively and quickly to protect lives and property from what is emerging as a prolonged drought and wildfire threat in Tennessee,” Sheehan said in a news release…. [read more]

Grass now grows where fish once swam as China’s largest freshwater lake dries out

Parts of China’s largest freshwater lake have dried up, with a huge patch of grassland where there once was water after the level fell continuously since September.

The water level of Poyang Lake in eastern Jiangxi province as measured by the Xingzi hydrological station had dropped to 10.6 metres on Thursday. The lake entered its low-water period of less than 12 metres on September 19, 54 days earlier than usual, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The report said tourists could now walk on the former lakebed in Duchang county and view flowering aubergine plants, as if they were wandering through fields.

Pictures show well-known Luoxingdun island in Lushan, a city that neighbours Duchang, high and dry and surrounded by grass. The island that used to be in the middle of the lake is currently regarded as a scale of the water level’s ups and downs, rather than a navigation mark and lighthouse as in the past….. [read more]

Alabama Drought Is Worsening, Killing Plants, Drying Creeks

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A choking drought is worsening quickly across Alabama, killing plants, drying out creeks and rivers and reaching levels not seen in at least 50 years, a climate expert said Thursday.

The latest assessment from the National Drought Mitigation Center showed more than 65 percent of the state is now in an extreme or exceptional drought, up dramatically from a week earlier.

State climatologist John Christy, a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said the current drought isn’t too bad when compared to droughts that last six months or more. But compared to short-term droughts of two months or so, “this is a once in a 50- to 100-year event,” Christy said.

Alabama’s soil only makes conditions worse because the land typically doesn’t hold water very well, Christy said in an interview conducted by email….. [read more]

Drought: California government caught violating its own water restrictions

Drought(NaturalNews) The drought in California is nothing new; its been an ongoing issue for the last five years or so. Water conservation is a hot-button issue across the state, except perhaps for the government. Apparently, in what may be one of the most ridiculous displays of government ineptitude ever, many state buildings have been watering their artificial lawns.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen – the Californian government has been
wasting their most valuable resource on fake grass.

A recent investigation launched by CBS2 Los Angeles revealed that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) has been using their sprinkler systems to water their buildings’ artificial lawns. This news comes following claims from the department that they had “curtailed” their water usage. The Daily Sheeple reports, “A sign at one of their locations even read[s] ‘We stopped watering the grass to do our part to save water.'” Isn’t that just shameful?…. [read more]

The Earth Is Warming Up All Over Globally

August 2016 Global Temperature Percentiles MapThe globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2016 was the highest for the month of August in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. This marks the 16th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in the 137-year record. The June-August and January-August global temperatures were also the highest on record.

This monthly summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.

For extended analysis of global temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as extreme events, please see our full report.