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The spectacle only happens about once every decade when a California super bloom occurs, and the conditions aren't looking promising this year. The last California super bloom occurred during the spring of 2017, after the state experienced extreme drought for years. Last winter's rainfall was enough to ...
April 19, 2018 - A powerful spring storm emerged from the West and brought extreme conditions to several regions. For example, historic, late-season snow blanketed portions of the northern Plains, upper Midwest, and Great Lakes region, snarling traffic and severely stressing livestock. Meanwhile, dry ...

Large sections of the United States are all too familiar with drought and its devastating impact on both surface and groundwater. Over the past decade, Texas and California endured — and are still recovering from — record multiyear droughts that plunged lake levels, killed millions of trees, and cost billions ...
Not only does the dwindling snowpack put California's water supply at risk, it also portends more floods, wildfires, and mudslides over the coming year. This is precisely what makes climate change so dangerous. Even small changes in weather can have cascading effects, multiplying the risk of natural ...
Melting ice in the Arctic might seem a world away from California's farms and aquifers. But droughts in the state could get worse as the Arctic melts. Summers in the Arctic Ocean are expected to be ice-free within a few decades. When that happens, the precipitation California receives could decrease as ...
The latest national weekly drought reading, compiled by U.S. government agencies, shows 41 per cent of California in drought, an improvement from 48 per cent two weeks earlier. A storm forecast for the end of the week is expected to be a warm one, adding little more to the state's snowpack, officials said.

About 40 percent of California was still under some type of drought status despite recent rain; the majority of San Diego County was under a "moderate drought" designation with a small portion of the county's desert area under a "severe drought" designation. A patch of extreme drought was spreading from ...
File - In this March 5, 2018, file photo, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, right, reads the weight of the snow sample, on a scale held by Dylan Chapple, a fellow with the California Council of Science and Technology, during a ...
Media coverage of drought may be critically important in encouraging conservation, according to a 2017 study in Science Advances. Researchers at Stanford University surveyed nine daily newspapers during two droughts, looking for stories having to do with "California drought," "water conservation" and ...
There's a drought situation in California and you're very familiar with this, you've helped create this map and what's happening here and the ... California in Capetown is one of those as well, we can expect more prolonged drought longer droughts punctuated by shorter periods of more intense rainfall.
The extraordinary savings — in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer — put to shame how much water California used daily when its drought dragged ... California, South Africa's Western Cape and southern Australia are especially vulnerable to climate change because, with their Mediterranean ...
In all, 40.77 percent of California is a state of at least “moderate drought” on the map released Thursday, down from more than 47 percent a week prior. The map continues to register normal precipitation conditions in the Bay Area. Of course, three months ago only 12.69 percent of the state was in drought, ...
However, extended drought conditions still pose a threat to the wildflower population. “...more frequent, severe or prolonged future droughts could eventually exceed these native species' capacity to put more and more seeds into the seed bank for their long-term survival," LaForgia said. Still, some of the ...
This week it was a channel of tropical moisture called the Pineapple Express, dumping bands of intense rain and triggering flash floods throughout Southern California. In January it was a once-in-a-200-year storm that dropped half an inch of water in five minutes, unleashing massive mudslides that ripped ...
A spring storm excited Southern California, but experts say it did little to change long-term drought conditions. by Dennis Romero ... Parts of Southern California saw enough rain to drown a can of Coke as a system tapping an atmospheric river of moisture struck the region this week. But the hoped-for March ...
With the region experiencing drought conditions since 2000, even California, which has senior rights, came to the negotiating table. State officials said they were willing to voluntarily reduce Colorado River allocations to keep water levels in Lake Mead – the reservoir that holds water behind Hoover Dam for ...
An early March storm helped slow California's descent back into its dry spell, but similarly, the most recent, much-hyped intermittent downpour in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will probably yield little snowpack, at least relative to what is needed to pull the state out of its drought.

How much are Californians willing to pay and sacrifice for a more sustainable state? It takes a lot of commitment and persistence – and that's something of a question mark with the latest developments on water conservation and recycling. Local water districts are rebelling against permanent statewide rules ...
The research revealed two nine-year droughts in California history: one starting in 1452 and another beginning in 1775. The most recent drought was relatively compact, lasting just five years, but appears to have set records for dryness, said Dave Meko, an Arizona professor who led the tree-ring analysis.
Despite the recent storm that pummeled the Sierra with snow and scattered rain in the valleys and along the coast, California remains unseasonably dry with 47 percent of the state experiencing at least "moderate drought" conditions, according to the federal government's Drought Monitor. The storm hailed ...
So why isn't there more panic about a potential drought? The state's reservoir levels and drinking water supply are in good shape, largely because last year was exceptionally wet, said Dave Rizzardo, of the California Department of Water Resources. Last week's storm nearly doubled the snowpack — and ...
This winter's lack of precipitation has plunged much of the state back into drought, with most of Southern California in moderate or severe drought and almost the entire state considered “abnormally dry.” Those assessments are made after considering the state's precipitation totals, temperatures, moisture ...
About 92 percent of California is under some level of drought, according to a report released by the National Drought Migration Center on Thursday. That's a three-fold increase from conditions just three months ago, when only 26 percent of the state was experiencing drought. The drought conditions are ...


 

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