Friday, March 10, 2017

Still withering

When is a drought over? A wet California wants to know

Why hasn't the drought been declared over? Here are some answers for Californians — and everyone else who has watched this story unfold — about what is going on. JIM WILSON / The New York Times

NY Times

New York Times

The Hollywood Reservoir is as high as it has been in years. Snow could be seen on top of Mount Diablo outside San Francisco last weekend. Across the state, dams are under siege and reservoirs are overflowing. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was nearly twice its normal level last week. Yet for all that, California is, at least officially, still in a drought state of emergency. Why isn't it over?


After near-record storms, signs of El Niño rise

San Francisco Chronicle

If you don't think California has seen enough rain this year, just wait. There may be more to come. Federal forecasters said Thursday that the chances of an El Niño developing by fall are on the rise — now between 50 and 55 percent — an outlook that could skew the odds in favor of yet another wet winter.


State's snowpack in jeopardy in future droughts

UCLA Newsroom

Skiing in July? It could happen this year, but California's days of bountiful snow appear to be numbered. Even though the wettest winter in decades has put a dent in the current drought, new UCLA research paints a worrying picture of how drought could affect the snowpack in the future.