Today in the NY Times it talks about the Atlanta drought situation. There seems to be conditions out there that three diverse and expanding areas. Atlanta with it’s massive sprawl has seen a 40% increase in population base. Having recently been in Atlanta and traveling to the subs, we reviewed the markets in Roswell, Marietta, Smyrna, Duluth, Peach Tree, Decatur, Norcross, and Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County we noticed an unbelievable amount of middle class homes being built and taxing the infrastructures to the max. We are talking water, sewer, power, oh yes and the obvious one freeways, no room for anything. Also had an interesting conversation with a government department head which did mobile training for business on laws required by the State of GA. They said they had seven mobile classroom vans ready to be deployed and were expecting more light industry to move in to seek quality and educated labor of the rural flight to the Big City of Atlanta. Some are saying that the housing market is slowing a bit, although not much, we are seeing a slowing of home improvements judging by Home Depots and Lowes recent data. Although Barbeque sales are up mega, since people will be staying at home and barbequing more than ever. And they will be using the water resources up,
This Hurricane Season is already heating up with one on the way that may hit the East Coast as a tropical depression within a few days for added rain, this will not help Atlanta, but some of the recent storms coming through the South East now may drop a little rain, not nearly enough however. Check out the NDMC, NOAA and USDA web sites for more information and click on drought indexes, this is so damn serious, you better be concerned about it. We are only 2 years aft a possibly 9 X’s 22 year solar maximum cycle and right now as we speak, Albuquerque is ready to rock, with 61 territories surrounding the area with one command center and firefighters ready to deploy. They know what is coming and with 106 degree PHX Temperatures out there today and that hot air and thunderstorms moving through NM, they will get fires naturally and they have to put them out fast to conserve water otherwise they will run out. Back to Atlanta issues, Lawerenceville, GA is fighting over the water in the Chattahoochee River, not exactly your full giant river, moderate flow and a small river, meanwhile the farmers below are saying hey wait a minute, but Atlanta needs the water to support life, actually wild life if you have been to many parts of Atlanta. About 400 million gallons a day are needed in Atlanta however the farmers still need theirs too and of course Lawrenceville says we get ours first, meanwhile Atlanta needs more and what about car washes there? Now you may recall the 2000 drought when all carwashes were restricted.
Miami also got interesting news in mid 2001
Atlanta is fighting for water all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and even with the potential Hurricanes we are seeing drought restrictions continue and some cities cannot slow the flow, already conserving a lot, Cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas NV, Albuquerque NM, PHX, AZ. I guess the funniest thing about this article is the it was written by a college student doing a project in Corvallis, OR. Although I have no use for these kids if you have ever sat in any of those cities and listen to the views of some of these students it is a little unnerving. Also in debate is the water in the Apalachiola River which runs near Atlanta and then 109 miles to the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida side is upset and they need the water in their gulf coastal regions also growing, it is really nice there actually and they are of course building there too.
In 1990 Atlanta took 320 million gallons from the Chatahoochee River and today 400 plus million and projected 705 million by 2030 and I am told by the World think Tank you can expect a World population of 60 plus billion by 2023 on Earth and although we are progressing slower than most places, the Hispanic population and the Black population which are very well represented due the excellent diversity of the great city of Atlanta their population is to more than triple by 2020 and they project even with conservation they will need 705 million gallons per day from that river and need to put more demands on the river such as a damn and hydro-power plant hook-up. Atlanta was a railroad stop in 1837 and from 1990-2000 it size went from 2.1 million to 4.1 million. Get serious Atlanta there needs to be less people there, the eco system cannot sustain it. Look at life on Mars imagine a giant ice block, 300,000 cubic miles big as compared to Antarctica, which is 7 million cubic miles big. Those poor creatures got screwed and so we should wise up too.
In American Forests magazine in Spring of 2002 on page 37 you will find an article “Beyond the Fire Line” It appears that what is going on in NM and if we will remember back in 2000 on May 4, 861 buildings burned and 237 of them were in Los Alamos. In 2000 remember the 138,000 acres in WY, 93,000 in OR, also MT and ID took a big hit. Just to let you know how big these issues are in 2001, 84,075 fires burned. These fires take so much water to fight it is incredible. We do not have the water to spare. Yet as we watch the weather and some you know was created to help the agriculture and drought areas, but would you look at the flooding and storms in Dallas, Arkansas, Kentucky, PA, WV, etc. And will you watch this continue. Miami is getting pummeled and so will other cities as the winds from wannabe Hurricanes and circular depressions from and flow. Much of this water will not get into the water tables to use for drinking since it will occur in very short periods of time and lots of it. Chicago and Minneapolis are getting the worst Monsoon type weather of their careers, just like PHX.
Today 500 firefighters are in Albuquerque NM now waiting to fight any fire ready to start. Now remember we are fighting fires today, but just like 1998 this is an El Nino year and there will be significant flooding in the hills above NM starting next fall and whatever burns floods with nothing to slow it down. If you are into old articles check out Discover Magazine 1998 page 98 “The El Nino Factor.” Look at the intense variance still, flooding, drought, fires, Hurricanes and North, North Eastern US will be 80 degrees and muggy as hell tomorrow, whoops today. I have been watching the Pakistan escalation with India and if they are going to do it, this is the best year for the US, since in El Nino years we will not receive any fall out, we would under normal Western Pacific warm pool where the hot clouds of debris from the explosions would get up high and float across and descend off the coast of Central and South America and an occasional tropical depression or one of many hurricanes each year would blow the air in to AZ, Southern CA, NM and possible cross into the Caribbean and into the Eastern FL coast. Today for instance they are tracking about 14 storms and one Hurricane, which would bring the fallout to North America. Luckily during El Nino we would see a lower jet stream and hotter seas causing air to rise and mix up a lot before any chances of hitting us at any scary concentrate of radiation. Just want everyone to be aware if they are going to have a nuclear war, now is best for us, if they are going to put away their toys and go home that is best for the region and the world. 210 miles east of Daytona is some interesting storm brewing and you know it will move north up the coast in GA, SC, NC and VA, this could get interesting. El Nino back to back to back like this are slowing down the planets spin.
This means that the gravity effect will increase and we should all try to lose more weight. It is unnoticeable now but winds which speed up as the planet remains constant slow the Planet, in 1998 by .2 seconds each day, kind of like getting a free hour when traveling West. Of course as you all know by now the La Nina, which gives rain above average on the East Coast and drought times on the West Coast. So what happens with Global Warming you get a little bit more higher degrees of El Nino, bigger shifts, good news to fill up reservoirs, bad news for Malibu CA. and slides.
Every once in a while Futurists and predictors of near future problems need to review recent historical data to safely estimate what issues we will face. Think on this.
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