MAR 22, 2015 07:48 AM PDT

California Drought Continues

LOS ANGELES - The rainy season drove into California in December with
wet and windy promise: soaking rain, snow, dark gray skies and a flash of
hope that the drought that has scorched this region had run its course. And
then came January - with record high temperatures and record low
rainfall.
Mandarin orange trees in California fall victim to the drought
And now, as the end of the official rainy season approaches - this state
gets 90 percent of its water from December through April, most of it in
December and January - California is facing a punishing fourth year of
drought. Temperatures in Southern California soared to record-high levels
over the weekend, approaching 100 degrees in some places. Reservoirs are
low. Landscapes are parched and blighted with fields of dead or dormant
orange trees. And the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is counted on to
provide 30 percent of the state's water supply as it melts through early
summer, is at its second-lowest level on record.

The federal government has warned farmers for the second year in a
row that it would not be providing any water from its Central Valley Project
reservoir system. Any hope climatologists had that California would be
rescued again by a wet El Niño winter weather system is fading with the
arrival of spring.

(Source: New York Times)
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
DEC 10, 2018
Microbiology
DEC 10, 2018
The 'Deep Biosphere' of the Earth Teems with Life
Deep within the surface of the earth lies a gargantuan amount of carbon in the form of various types of microbial life....
DEC 13, 2018
Cell & Molecular Biology
DEC 13, 2018
New Tool Aims to Assess How Organisms Respond to Climate Change
Researchers have developed a new technology that will enable scientists to study biological responses to different environments in whole organisms....
DEC 23, 2018
Earth & The Environment
DEC 23, 2018
DC pledges 100% renewable energy within 14 years
Washington D.C. has just doubled down on its commitment to clean energy investment, as city lawmakers voted last week to pass legislation mandating 100 per...
FEB 17, 2019
Earth & The Environment
FEB 17, 2019
The mountains underneath Earth's surface
Think back to Earth Science class in middle school. You probably learned that our planet has three layers: crust, mantle, and core. And while that is true,...
FEB 18, 2019
Plants & Animals
FEB 18, 2019
Marine Protected Areas Crucial for Commercially Harvested Animal Populations
Humans commercially harvest many marine animals because a booming market exists above the ocean’s surface. Unfortunately, some these same animals are...
FEB 20, 2019
Plants & Animals
FEB 20, 2019
Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?
Researchers have long wondered why zebras sport such eye-jarring black and white stripes, especially since most large mammals in the animal kingdom exhibit...
Loading Comments...