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Drought Fears

Feb 13, 2018

Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears: “In the Sierra Nevada, snowpack levels are running below even the darkest days of the drought, with cross-country ski resorts closed and mountain biking becoming the sport of choice until the snow returns. In the Bay Area, cities like San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa are experiencing the hottest starts to a year on record. And Southern California remains in the grip of unprecedented dry and hot conditions, despite a weak storm that moved in Monday. February is historically a wet month, but not this year. And the long-term forecast offers little hope for relief. … ” Read more from the LA Times here: Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears

A hot dry winter in California. Could it be drought again?Atmospheric conditions that helped create the recent multiyear California drought have returned, leaving the state dry and exceptionally warm this winter and its residents wondering if another long dry spell is on the way. A ridge of high-pressure air off the West Coast has persisted for much of the past three months, blocking many Pacific storms from reaching California and weakening others that do get through. Normally such ridges tend to come and go, but they also lingered during the 2012-16 drought, the worst in the state’s history. … ” Read more from the New York Times here: A hot dry winter in California. Could it be drought again?

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