Post by desertwoman on Mar 20, 2015 23:22:40 GMT -5
We're seeing changes here too. We were zone 5 up until a few short years ago. We are now zone 6b. Summers are hotter and those peak hot days are lasting for longer stretches. This has been progressing for a few years now. The climate is definitely changing.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
I really learned about water when I had a cistern. The routine for showering was get wet, turn off the water, lather up, turn on the water and rinse off. Toilets were flush when necessary but we did have an outhouse. Toilets went to the septic and gray water to the garden. Cars got washed when they were rained on.
Typical social behavior is to use it with no regard and when you run out to expect it from someone else because you are entitled to it. The Great Lakes have a pact that no water will be withdrawn to take out of the area. Our water comes from Lake Erie but my new place will have rainwater collection and drip irrigation instead of using abundant, cheap public water. I owe it to civilization to be a responsible inhabitant of the planet. I also like to be self-sufficient to whatever extent I can.
USDA Zone 6a in Akron, NY on the left side of the state
Post by heirloomfan on Jan 22, 2019 18:53:38 GMT -5
Have a friend that lives in Eastern PA and she has had lots of rain this winter. We are in Colorado and were somewhat below average in snowfall with some areas that had bad drought, but now have had good snowfall in many of the regions this winter and the water levels are back up. Some areas like California are still struggling with their droughts so lots of different scenarios. It is always scary when someone issues a report like that saying things will be very bad for all of us in a short time and there is no hope, but getting all of the information and not one study often helps to know how to sort it all out. I can only imagine that back in the Dust Bowl days, they probably thought it would never rain again and that the farmland was permanently destroyed. It was a big lesson for them to know what caused it and how to prevent it.
We still need to be educated on how to preserve what resources we have and to teach others how to continue on with that preservation best we can. .
Post by pepperhead212 on Jan 22, 2019 19:14:37 GMT -5
Here in Jersey,as in eastern PA, this last year was the second wettest on record. And someone I know in OH had the wettest in their area, totally destroying their garden last year. Seems like either too much or too little!