|Get ready for a long hot and dry summer.|
April showers mostly eluded WV, with rainfall totals spanning the past 8 weeks being paltry with most areas measuring less than 5” of water and others a mere 3+”.
Normal rains in that two month stretch average 7”-8”.
An inch of rain per week on average is needed from now through July 4th to avoid a summer drought.
Weather casters say signs point toward a scorching summer ahead with 90-95 degree days likely by June.
There are signs of drought headed toward West Virginia.
HOT AND THIRSTY TIMES A'COMIN? - Weather Pattern Could Cause Problems, WV Legislators Pushing Against Climate Change Teaching
COMMENT 3/1/2016 By Bob Weaver
It's been several years since drought struck West Virginia, but one is likely coming.
Perhaps the best thing property owners could do is create more ponds and water storage areas, albeit it is a difficult process to obtain permits to dredge holes or create small dams across streamlets, although with the Mountain State's topography, such a solution would allow the storage of huge amounts of water for survival.
Perhaps legislators could look into laws that would allow easier water storage.
In the 1930s, the Little Kanawha River dried up, however there is now the backup of released water from the Burnsville Dam.
Weather experts are predicting dry times, already happening over wide areas of the US, with the backdrop of Climate Change politically polarized in the US, while nearly 1,000 global climate change scientists have been issuing the warning for years.
Opponents generally say the weather changes are political hoaxes, that such changes are not related to fossil fuel emissions, being a cyclical act of nature.
That posturing requires no change.
The El Niño weather pattern made 2015 the hottest year on record, but scientists predict 2016 could get even hotter as early as May.
El Niño is a pattern that affects the weather all over the world, but in this area, meteorologists predict warmer Spring and Summer temperatures.
According to the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, El Niño actually happens every two to seven years, but scientists call the latest El Nino being on steroids.
Doubt over man's contribution to global warming is fueling a push by Republican-led West Virginia lawmakers to block teaching science standards in Mountain State schools related to teaching of Climate Change.
In West Virginia, most of the current crop of politicians have labeled it "The War on Coal."
Republican Del. Jim Butler said he's concerned that kids will be taught that West Virginia coal miners are doing "immoral things" to make a living.