From the article:" . . . what exactly is "average" in
the context of radical swings in weather patterns over the last decade?
It's possible that abnormal patterns of precipitation is the new normal . .
."What could possibly be the cause of such radical swings in our
weather patters? What would be strong enough to be bringing about this new
As my fellow utah armchair climatologists will tell you, this isn't our
fault. We can't influence the weather, so we have every right to expect
normal weather patterns. And since we didn't break it, we don't have
to do a thing to fix it.
We live in a desert and water is always going to be in shorter and shorter
supply. We have to go with gravel rather than grass.
Changing water using habits is good. Learning and using new water producing
technologies would be good as well. There are ways to produce water that would
add to what can be used sustainably. Make a state or city owned factory of
this tech, then sell the water to the municipals and put the profits into
reducing taxes for the selling municipality.
I agree Utah should be more water conserving. Anyone who hiked into the high
country this year saw the smallish snow pack above 10000 feet and that all
translates to less water down below.