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Old 12-05-2020, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Only 2.5 months into water year but the grimness is building on an epically dry summer.

At least it's not also wicked above average temperatures, yet, like NOAA is forecasting. Dang La Nina!
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Old 12-20-2020, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is sad. Holy hell I'm hoping for some wet weather this winter and the following spring/summer. Not only was last summer and spring ridiculously dry but the previous winter also had very little snow. The land was so scorched and parched during my archery hunt last year. I can't imagine what 2 years in a row of this crap will be like if we don't get some wet weather!
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Old 12-20-2020, 12:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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And despite the recent snow the percentages have actual gotten worse. SW Utah could be in a for a world of hurt if this doesn't turn around.

And I have to say it every year....the rolling average gets dumbed down every year by these drought figures. That 20% we are currently at in SW Utah is even more depressing with that in mind. Forecasts calling for temps warmer then 45F on the hill the next 2 days 😳
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I'm pretty sure I can still get a 4 wheeler into my place on Cedar mountain, if not the truck.
That is NOT a good thing. I would like to drop my gate though.
I'll maybe give it a shot on Wednesday, worth a try.
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I foresee many boats on KSL for sale this spring.
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I foresee many boats on KSL for sale this spring.

Hmm, might have to keep my eye out. My soon to be daughter won't fit on my little pontoon. Yes, I think that will be a great excuse.
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Old 12-21-2020, 08:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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And I have to say it every year....the rolling average gets dumbed down every year by these drought figures. That 20% we are currently at in SW Utah is even more depressing with that in mind.

It wasn't that long ago that we launched my brother's boat from the concrete ramp at Hite, and spent a day trolling just upstream from the confluence of the Dirty Devil and the Colorado River. We did this without a sonar, and very little fear of beaching ourselves. The fishing was great.

Today, the concrete ramp is high and dry. You have to go another 5 miles downstream on the Colorado before you even hit the lake. It's a 40 mile boat road from Bullfrog just to get there.

Our water situation is scary. If we don't start getting storms, which it doesn't look like we will this winter, it's going to be a rough summer. Low water levels and high summer temps will spell problems. All those toxic algae blooms will be even worse.


It might be time for all of us to start praying for snow. Heck, we may even need to start fasting. That includes those of you who are not believers. I mean, what's to lose? Just water...
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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That turn around on Lake Powell was fast this time. I launched a sea kayak on the Colorado from the Dirty Devil takeout years ago and had many miles of current and then flotsam before the lake. But it took ages to slowly drop to that level. The suddenness of this change is frightening.

I'm truly concerned for snow and water here. There are a few reasons for us to leave the area and water is in the top 3. I'm not worried for the next decade but I'm not sure about retirement here.

I can no longer do naked snow dances for Ullr according to my probation. Evidently it's not okay to do that in your front yard with a bonfire while playing Soundgarden backwards. I'm so confused at it's just a song about santa.

Y'all are on your own.
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It's 830 pm on December 21st and it's 50 degrees in my backyard 😳

Just wanted to bookmark that reality.
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Old 12-21-2020, 10:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You will see plenty of ski boats for sale but who wants one of those?
True fishing boats are going to be few and far between and will carry a high premium in ‘21.
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