Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

High and dry

State scientists see shrinking snowpack as a harbinger

Dry conditions are apparent along Highway 50, just above the site of the monthly snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra. MICHAEL MACOR/San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

Los Angeles Times

State workers performed a winter ritual Thursday, poking aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much. As the climate warms, they say, the snowpack could shrink by a third. By the end of the century, half of what functions as a natural reservoir could disappear.

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Drought: A dry January closes and dread mounts

Circle of Blue

It's not a worst-case scenario — at least not yet. But the optimism that sprouted in California after a drenching December is wilting at winter's midpoint. State and federal officials are again preparing for a year of unpleasant decisions that will test the state's ability to manage a severe social and ecological crisis.

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Drought operations, potential actions on agenda

Imperial Valley News

With California farmers and ranchers preparing for a potential fourth consecutive drought year, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will meet Tuesday with federal and state officials to discuss drought operations and potential actions for 2015.

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