Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2018

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116 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 3 1 National Drought Watch: Select Areas See "Extreme Drought" Level On February 1, 2018, the National Drought Mitigation Center released its most current U.S. drought map (featured above), showing that parts of the American Southwest are currently experiencing some level of drought conditions. Portions of Arizona, Oklahoma and northern Texas are seeing the most severe droughts, with these zones receiving a D3 rating, or "extreme drought." Parts of Texas have begun to enact an outdoor burn ban, after the Texas A&M Forest Service issued a "very high" fire danger alert. Texas has been dealing with drought conditions ( ) now for several months after historic rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. According to, more than 60% of the entire U.S. is experiencing a D1 drought rating or higher. The Los Angeles Times ( ) is reporting that 44% of the state of California has moderate drought conditions. Double Whammy for Cincy The Ohio River on Sunday Feb. 25 rose above the 60 feet mark for the first time in two decades in Cincinnati. After five days of heavy rains, the Ohio River in Cincinnati rose to a height of 60.5 feet over the weekend of Feb. 24-25, a good 8 feet above flood level. The National Weather Service said the river had not risen above 60 feet since 1997. The Ohio River flooded Smale Riverfront Park and Mehring Way in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Feb. 25. About a third of the 2,582 residents of New Richmond, Ohio, 21 miles southeast of Cincinnati, found their homes flooded, with some having to seek logging in Red Cross shelters. To add to the city's woes, two tornadoes damaged trees and power lines in southeast Cincinnati. No deaths were reported from the flooding or tornadoes. The U.S. Drought Monitor map provides a summary of drought conditions across the United States and Puerto Rico. It is described as "a blend of art and science," and is updated weekly. The information is gathered by combining a variety of data-based drought indicators with local expert reports.

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