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Another dry year on the Rio Grande

Annual native Rio Grande flow at Otowi, courtesy New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
Annual native Rio Grande flow at Otowi, courtesy New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
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Working on a “water year in review” column for tomorrow’s newspaper (Tues. 10/9/12),  I ginned up this graph of annual Rio Grande native flow at Otowi (data courtesy the amazingly helpful folks at the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission):

I find the recent decade striking. Every year but two since the late 1990s has been below the long term mean. Note that this is not unique in the 70-plus year record, however, with similar severe, sustained drought in the 1950s.

More in tomorrow’s newspaper.

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