After a record dry winter, California is preparing for a harsh wildfire season. Water wars over the little available state water have already erupted among various user groups this year. Young salmon are being shipped downriver to the Pacific because the shallow rivers are too weak to guide them.
New NASA funded research links both this epic drought and the frigidity experienced in the east and Midwestern US to a dipole, two coupled poles of opposite pressure: a high pressure area off the west US coast and a low pressure area northeast of the US. Via Climate Progress.
The high pressure area is blocking westerly storms from California. Evidence indicates the unusual intensity of this dipole is linked to global warming. Don’t want more droughts like this? Then think seriously about voting for leaders who will cut carbon emissions dramatically and fast.
As it is, drought conditions remain severe, and unusual warm conditions caused an alarming loss of mountain snowpack, a crucial water source; NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts the drought in California and much of the southwest to persist or worsen til at least June.
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