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Calif SWEQ Drops to 0.6 Inch

Posted by feww on May 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME & EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CRITICALLY LOW SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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California’s Snow Water Equivalent (SWEQ) Drops to 6% of the Average

The statewide average snow water equivalent in California has dropped to 0.6 inch (1.5cm), or only 6% of the average for the date, and 3% for April 1.

The following is a summary of California Cooperative Snow Surveys as reported on May 19, 2014 .

Calif SWEQ 19may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

California’s drought could cost farmers about $2billion this year, forcing them to leave fallow up to a million acres of land.

Tens of thousands of full time and seasonal jobs could be lost as a result of the drought, now in its third year, described by officials as catastrophic.

 Crop Disasters in Calif

All of the 58 counties in the country’s most populous and 3rd largest state have been declared crop disaster areas at least once this year.

Disaster Applications

The Golden State has made 362 Disaster Applications to USDA, as of May 1, 2014, compared with 157 for the entire 2012, and 331 throughout 2013.

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