Photos show what July's heat and drought looked like this summer
Times Photography Staff
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Hot, dry and "unrecognizable" describe July 2021.
The West boiled with record-breaking heat, and persistent drought that has left the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Powell two-thirds empty, a ‘bathtub’ ring lining the shores of the largest water sources serving California.
As more frequent heat waves broke records this summer, our photojournalists documented what it looked like and how we coped.
"According to Merriam-Webster, a drought is a temporary condition,” Kuhn said. What is happening, he suggested, is something more permanent and troubling. “This is aridification."
Eric Kuhn, former general manager of the Colorado River Conservation District
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