Interactive map shows latest California drought conditions as winter storms persist
California’s drought-stricken reservoirs have recovered due to January’s string of “atmospheric river” storms, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, but don’t let what seems like copious amounts of water fool you. The storms were “likely insufficient to reverse” California’s drought, according to the NASA. Plus notoriously hot and dry California summers, which typically fuel worsening drought conditions and breed seasonal wildfires, is just around the corner. For now, drought statuses remain relatively the same, compared to one week ago. The U.S. Drought Monitor — in a weekly update published Thursday — reports the state’s “abnormally dry” status increased less than one percentage point to nearly 99.4%. The other conditions across the Golden State remained the same.
- San Francisco Chronicle: California weather - Commuters warned as snow piles up
- NBC – Bay Area: What to know - How California decides if we’re in a drought
- Redlands Community News: Despite this year’s storms, California remains in a drought
- NBC – Bay Area: How Climate Change May Be Impacting California’s Recent Winter Storms
- Los Angeles Times: Heavy snow closes freeways as Southern California braces for worst of storm
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Biggest storm since 2011 has San Diego County in ‘crosshairs’