Apr 4, 2016

California’s Extreme Dry Patterns are Becoming More Common, Study Says

California
USA
by
Angela Fritz
,
Washington Post
Golden Gate Bridge Photo: Brocken Inaglory
Golden Gate Bridge Photo: Brocken Inaglory

 researchers at Stanford University found that during the wet months, the pattern in the atmosphere that leads to extremely dry and warm conditions is happening more often. It’s the kind of pattern that has exacerbated the ongoing California drought — nicknamed the “ridiculously resilient ridge” — by both lack of precipitation as well as warmth, which amplifies the drying effect. But they also found that the cool and wet patterns aren’t really changing that much, either