Friday Top of the Scroll: California drought still looms despite latest ‘atmospheric river’
Six years ago, in the middle of a crippling drought, Californians were ordered to let their lawns turn yellow. They put buckets in their showers to conserve. Scofflaws had to attend “drought school.” Meanwhile, farmers throughout the Central Valley had to idle many of their fields. This week’s deluge left many Californians shoveling snow and splashing through puddles as an “atmospheric river” swept the state. More precipitation is in the forecast for next week. But experts worry that without repeated downpours over the next two months, the painful memories of the last drought could become reality again.
- AgNetWest: Storm Update: 20 Percent Jump in Snowpack Already
- OC Register: Rain won’t stop California from facing another drought
- The Sacramento Bee: See drone view of Folsom Lake, only about a quarter full, before big storm
- Associated Press: Needed California rain brings flood threat to burned areas