Thursday, November 29, 2007

An exceptional drought

That's what they're calling it. We've gone from "severe" to "extreme" to "exceptional," which is the worse level of drought there is according to the US Drought Monitor (an 18 inch rain deficit for the year so far at Tri-Cities Airport). I took these shots in Dandridge, TN of what remains of Douglas Lake. Click on any photo to enlarge. I think the most shocking sight was seeing row upon row of boats and entire docks sitting on the dry earth/lake bed (see photo below). Also telling are the rings around the supports of James D. Hoskins Bridge which indicate normal lake levels. The forecast (if you believe they can forecast precipitation through February) is for some improvement in TN and VA, but the drought will persist in NC. Let's hope for lots and lots of precipitation this winter.

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