Thursday, March 19, 2015

California Intensity: From Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought

As California Drought Enters 4th Year, Conservation Efforts and Worries Increase.  (The New York Times, 3/17/2015)
And in critical places like the San Joaquin Valley in central California, in the heart of the state’s farming region, reservoir levels were down over the same period last year — often significantly.

But the main reason for concern is the paucity of the snowpack. The March 3 measurement of the statewide snowpack was the water equivalent of five inches, or 19 percent of the average for that date. That is barely above the record low snowpack measurement from 1991, according to state officials.

It's the same all over the west.
Halfway through season, snowpack in West thins.  (Discover, 1/30/2015)

Related post:
Californians' majority view of drought: Some serious stuff but no water rationing, please.  (3/19/2015)

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