All of California is now in severe drought. Much of Southwest too


Extreme drought now encompasses all of California with no relief coming any time soon. Central Valley agriculture faces huge water allocation cutbacks. Wildfires have started way too early this year in San Diego. The only comparable droughts were in the 1920’s and 1976-77. That second drought was broken by an El Nino that dumped torrential amounts of rain. There is another El Nino forming. However, this is no guarantee the drought will end.

All eyes are on El Nino, although the intensity is going to be the key,” Svoboda said. “I’d hate to wish for a super strong El Nino given the damage it can cause, but they desperately need the water!”

Current predictions are more of the same or worsening drought for California.

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