Feb 18, 2016

'Considerable' Long-Term Drought In California

Sacramento, CA
Nevada
USA
by
Ed Joyce
,
Capital Public Radio
Several December storms brought snow to the Sierra Nevada. This view is from December 4, 2015 at Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, Calif. Image: Woranuch Joyce, Capital Public Radio
Several December storms brought snow to the Sierra Nevada. This view is from December 4, 2015 at Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, Calif. Image: Woranuch Joyce, Capital Public Radio

Record high temperatures and a dry spell in California the past week has "renewed concerns of early snowmelt" in the Sierra and "considerable long-term" drought impacts remain. The Drought Monitor intensity levels are Abnormally Dry, Moderate, Severe, Extreme and Exceptional drought. This week in California: 99.7 percent is abnormally dry, 94 percent moderate, 81 percent severe, 61 percent extreme and 38 percent is in exceptional drought