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California Drought Worsens

Updated on October 3, 2012

If you live in California, the rain stopped sometime way back in late March, even then, it was minimal. Compared to a year ago, overall, the situation continues to worsen. The state is already classified as 70% in a moderate drought condition. Last year, it was 0%. Most of the state's water reservoirs are below average.

The forecast for through December is dry weather for all of the state due to a weak El Nino condition off the California coast where the ocean is warmer than normal. This alters the weather patterns and how the jet stream travels across the USA, starting with the West Coast. The condition allows for more high pressure areas that bump the storm tracks from Japan and Alaska further north from the state.

This is not that unusual because through December, very little rain usually falls in California. The real rain storms usually arrive in January through March. This is the time when a deficit in rain can easily be reversed.


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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      After a long hot summer..this is probably not good news. Thanks for reporting it..guess we have to face it.