One wet year will not fix the drought faced by Western states. The Hill reports that the Southwest United States is facing the driest mega-drought in 1200 years.
A mega-drought is a prolonged drought lasting two decades or longer.
According to NPR, “Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the country’s two largest reservoirs, are only filled at about one-third of their total capacity. Federal water managers declared the first-ever water shortage along the Colorado River last year, triggering cuts to some of the river’s 40 million users.”
Recent dire news about the mega-drought comes from the National Climate Change journal’s February 14, 2022 report, Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021.”
The Southwest United States is facing the driest mega-drought in 1200 years, prolonging low water levels in Lake Mead and other areas.