Posted by Harold Ericsson on March 18, 2004 at 12:57:16:
My understanding of evaporation in the Death Valley region comes from my experiences with an outdoor shower I constructed at Indian Ranch in the Panamint Valley. The shower worked fine in the spring and was more than satisfactory in the fall, it was a little chilly in the winter, but it was in the summer that I had a problem, or at least what I first considered a problem. The water coming out of the showerhead was fine, but because of extreme evaporation rates the water never reached below my waist! To say I was disappointed in my shower would be an understatement, after all, it was summer and after a morning of chores a shower was not just a luxury, it was a necessity. Then I realized that I could take a shower without removing my shoes or taking off my trousers: pull off my T-shirt and turn on the water, it was as simple as that. And no fear of offending the unknowing visitor to my desert abode.