Pray for rain: Utah governor asks residents to pray for rain to fight record drought


Governor Spencer Cox released a statement on Thursday calling on Utah residents to participate in a Friday-Sunday prayer weekend.

“I have already asked all Utahns to conserve water by avoiding long showers, fixing leaky faucets and planting water-efficient landscapes. But I’m afraid these efforts alone will not be enough for us. protect, “Cox said. “We need more rain and we need it now. We need divine intervention.”

Earlier this year, Cox issued executive orders declaring an emergency because 90% of the state was classified as being in “extreme drought.” The governor’s office said moisture in the soil was at its lowest since monitoring began in 2006.

In the proclamation, Cox said, “Prayer is powerful and I encourage all Utahns, regardless of their religious affiliation, to join them” in the effort.

This is not the first time that a senior state official has sought divine help during a weather crisis.

In late 2007, Sonny Perdue, then Governor of Georgia and later Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration, led a rain prayer service on the steps of the state capital in Atlanta. . After periods of intermittent rainfall, the state finally escaped its drought conditions in 2009, with lakes and rivers returning to more normal levels.
In April 2011, then-government. Rick Perry duplicated the effort during a severe drought, launching a call to prayer for the state of Texas. The drought continued throughout the summer and the much needed rains finally arrived in October.

The nowcast in Utah does not predict any significant precipitation, according to the National Weather Service, and red flag warnings of potential fire conditions have been declared for much of the state.

Excessive heat warnings are being issued for southern and northwestern parts of the state, with temperatures ranging 15 to 20 degrees above average by Saturday. There are also heat advisories for parts of central and northeastern Utah, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees.


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