View 447: Taughannock Falls: Then and Now

What a difference a year makes. About a year ago I visited Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York. It was a warm Autumn day a few days after some rain. The Great Fall in the Woods had a good water flow surrounded by Fall colors.

Taughannock Falls 2019
Taughannock Falls with good flow at Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York on Saturday, October 14, 2019. Nikon D750/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 50mm Focal Length, Tripod, HDR Image.

Fast forward to last weekend and Taughannock Falls water flow is extremely low. Probably does not help it has been one of the hottest and driest years on record. Whatever rain we do get, soaks into the ground before running off into the waterways.

Taughannock Falls 2020
Taughannock Falls with little flow at Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 800, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

While yearly weather does vary, seems each year has become hotter and dryer. Statistics back it up as the Earth has experienced five of the hottest years on record since 2015.

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