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California “Mega Drought” Intensifies

Posted by feww on February 28, 2014


Extreme and Exceptional Drought Conditions Plague about ¾ of California

Extreme and Exceptional Drought conditions (D3 and D4 drought levels) have spread to about 73.83 percent of California, from 68.73 percent last week. The rest of the Golden State is covered by other drought levels, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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California Drought Comparison Map: February 25 – February 18, 2014. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor.

All California Counties Declared Crop Disaster Areas

All of the 58 counties in the state of California have now been declared Crop Disaster Areas due to the worsening Mega Drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated ALL  58 counties in the state of California as crop disaster areas, starting January 2014.

California Data Exchange Center – Reservoirs

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Conditions for Major Reservoirs in California: 26-Feb-2014 [Report Generated: 27-Feb-2014 8:00 PM PST]

Snow Water Equivalents (inches)

STATEWIDE SUMMARY – Data For: 27-Feb-2014
Number of Stations Reporting: 101
Average snow water equivalent: 6.1 in
Percent of April 1 Average: 21%
Percent of normal for this date: 24%

State of Emergency

Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency on January 27  amid the worsening statewide drought.  He called the “really serious,” adding that 2014 could be California’s third consecutive dry year. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought.”

California State Resources

Related Links

FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty

[NOTE: The above forecast and most of the links posted below have previously been filtered by Google, WordPress and others. Editor ]

Drought Information – Water Resources – State of California

Water years 2012 and 2013 were dry statewide, especially in parts of the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. Water year 2014, which began on October 1st, continues this trend. Precipitation in some areas of the state is tracking at about the driest year of record. 

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