Friday, June 20, 2014

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

As of June 17, 2014, the highest category of drought (Exceptional) covered one third of the state of California. The whole state was in some form of drought. (Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor) Click to enlarge.
Just when it seemed like California’s drought couldn’t get any worse, it did:  a staggering one third of the state is now in the worst stage of drought.

The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, showed the amount of the state in “Exceptional Drought” — the highest category — expanding to about 33 percent from 25 percent.  The increase came not because of a lack of rainfall, as the state is in its dry season, but because drought experts and local officials are getting a better handle on the increased impacts that are emerging after three years of subpar precipitation.

While the drought can’t be directly linked to climate change, experts have said the unabated warming of the planet will influence the development of drought in places like California in the future.

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

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