As drought worsens in California, hopes of El Nino weaken

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Look at the maroon and mustard map above and you will notice that 100% of California is in a severe drought  with serious drought, with an unprecedented 70% of the state in an extreme drought. The dark maroon band, stretching from the coast of southern California up to the bay area and inland to the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 30% of the state, is experiencing the most advanced stage, “exceptional drought.” According to By Steve Scauzillo of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune this is the first “exceptional drought” in the history of the United States Drought Monitor program. “Those are remarkable numbers,” said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist and the center’s monitoring program leader.

 

Even more troubling, a prominent climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Bill Patzert, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune the chances of an El Nino arriving this year are declining  according to Bill Patzert. “The El Niño had a very promising, dramatic surge in January, February and March, but now as we enter summer, all of a sudden it is disappearing,” The Tribune reported that Patzert, who once was booed off the stage at an American Meteorological Society meeting in January 2007 for predicting an El Niño would fizzle, often goes against the scientific grain. However, that year, the El Niño, a warming of the ocean waters that often brings rain and sometimes flooding, had weakened as he said it would, resulting in the driest rain season in the history of Los Angeles, up to that time.

As the drought continues to lengthen and worsen, Californians are faced with the stark reality of increasing fires, food prices, and shortages of water. Check the California Drought Monitor program’s website for updates and changes to this unprecedented drought.

34 Comments

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    Maxim Heiddeger

    Can’t we just make potable water out of sea water, like they do on seagoing vessels?

  • Reply July 13, 2014

    Jenna

    Doesn’t Israel produce about half of it’s potable water from seawater desalination?

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    Stephen

    Middle Eastern countries rely heavily on seawater desalination. The UAE has the largest desalination plant in the world.

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    Joey

    Australia, as well, very dry country…

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    Brian

    Nature’s rainfall is always best, but we do not live in an ideal world; that’s where human engineering comes in

  • Reply July 13, 2014

    Michelle

    HAARP, anyone?

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    Christian

    Right, how about a little more cloud seeding?

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    HAARP would sound fine but it’s refinement would just make it what it was intended to do in the first place, which is to “weaponize” the weather to use Mother Nature to wreak havoc on whomever we chose.

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    ScienceNerd

    How about bringing back some good old shaman’s to do some rain dances??

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    John

    Could we just hire Lil Wayne to “make it rain”??

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    Jason X

    Perfect chance to test out that HAARP!

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