So was 2012 indicative of the 'new normal'? Probably not, but our local newspaper, the Gazette-Times, reported that the area's 2012 precipitation was 58.72 inches (1491 mm), 16 inches (406 mm) above average. It was the fourth wettest year on record.
The photo is from the article, taken during January 2012, when we received nearly 7 inches (178 mm) in two days.
So what's on tap (ha ha) in the water world for 2013? Try these:
1) Pat Mulroy leaves SNWA to found and head a new environmental organization, the Water Trading Foundation, aka 'WTF'.
3) The Western States Water Council decides that prior appropriation might need tweaking, saying "It's time to move Western water management into the 20th century".
5) John Fleck moves from the Rio Grande basin to South Florida.
7) Cynthia Barnett becomes Gov. Rick Scott's (R-FL) 'water czarina'.
8) Groundwater is officially recognized as a component of the hydrologic cycle.
9) The term 'new normal' is abolished.
How can I top those?
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." - Niels Bohr