Less than a year ago, Californians began to feel a sense of hope as the state of emergency regarding the drought was lifted. But a scary turn of events suggests the state may be plunging rapidly back into a dry spell.
A majority of California is now in drought. This "rainy" season has been one of the hottest and driest in recorded history. pic.twitter.com/6wvectqr4h— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) February 1, 2018
A weekly report given out by the United States Drought Monitor shows that roughly 44 percent of the state is now back in a moderate drought with the most severe conditions existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles.
44% of California is now experiencing moderate drought conditions, report says https://t.co/rSAu4Vt74f— Monte Morin (@montemorin) February 2, 2018
THREAD— James Cook (@BBCJamesCook) February 2, 2018
1. Is California heading back into another devastating drought?
For five years the state suffered from severe water shortages. Then last winter and spring exceptionally high precipitation brought relief.
This latest figure shows a severe increase in the percentage of the state affected, as just last week it was estimated at 13 percent.
The latest US Drought Monitor Map released today shows an increase in the drought category depiction across most of Southern CA. In general, there was a 1 category increase in the drought depiction for southern areas of CA. #CAdrought #LAweather #CAwx #CAwater #SoCal pic.twitter.com/t8PtVSQpfa— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 1, 2018
Additionally, California has had an unfortunately dry winter, and with only February and March left in the "wet" season, experts say that there is not enough time for the state to produce the substantial rain needed to fix the dry spell.
One year after a record water year snapped a five-year #drought, some locations in California's #Sierra are setting record low late January snowpacks. https://t.co/0FGg4FeFIk pic.twitter.com/wNOTcqIvHz— Jonathan Erdman (@wxjerdman) January 31, 2018
As California potentially moves back toward #drought, we must do more water recycling. I’m introducing legislation (SB 966) to make it easier for cities to create on-site water recycling programs for people’s homes & businesses. We don’t do enough water recycling. It’s our future— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) February 1, 2018
“We’ve only got February and March, and they better be a miracle If they’re not, we just backflipped into the drought again,” climatologist says https://t.co/AXJlSsavst— KTLA (@KTLA) January 30, 2018
If California is able to see rain, the impending drought may be avoided, but at the current moment, things are not looking very promising.
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