Monday, October 20, 2014

California Drought Might "Persist or Intensify" During Warm Winter: NOAA

From NBC LA:  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Drought-Winter-Forecast-Warm-Weather-El-Nino-279435912.html

The winter forecast brings few signs of recovery for drought-stricken California after a summer of record heat that took a toll on the state's already low reservoirs

By Jonathan Lloyd
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014


Drought conditions are likely to "persist or intensify" during what forecasters expect to be a warm winter in California, where water scarcity led to critically low reservoir levels and calls to conserve during the state's third consecutive dry year.

The dire winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration comes after a summer of punishing heat and disappointing 2013 rain season that was part of California's driest year on record.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor update has all of California in some type of drought category, just as the government-issued report has shown for the last three months. More than 58 percent of the state is considered in "exceptional drought," the most severe category assigned in the weekly report.

Some regions might see slight improvement this winter, but Californians hoping for significant and widespread relief, especially in the parched Central Valley region, are unlikely to find it during the coming months. California historically sees most of its rain for the year from November through February and early spring months.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Drought-Winter-Forecast-Warm-Weather-El-Nino-279435912.html

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