Utah drought is so bad, the governor appeals for 'divine intervention'

The megadrought is real

Amid the worst Southwestern drought in at least 400 years — and easily one of the worst sustained droughts in over a millennium — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has asked the denizens of Utah to pray for rain:

“By praying together and collectively asking God or whatever higher power you believe in for more rain, we may be able to escape the deadliest aspects of the continuing drought,” Gov. Cox said on Thursday. 

The 20-year drying trend in Utah and the greater Southwest is prolonged, and exacerbated by record Utah dryness in 2020, because a relentlessly warming climate is drying out the land. It’s a “hot drought.” This means precipitation trends overall in the Southwest haven’t changed much over the last half-century, but with added heat, more water is now evaporating from rivers, plants, soils, and snowpack. This makes it easier to fall into drought spells, and harder to get out, climate scientists say.  Read more…



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