Monday Top of the Scroll: Drought, wildfire conditions evolving at unprecedented pace
California’s drought and wildfire conditions are accelerating at unprecedented rates, according to state officials, and residents should brace for a summer of widespread burning and mandatory water conservation measures in some regions. As reservoir levels across the state continue to drop, and as parched vegetation poses an increasing threat of wildfire, officials in Sacramento and Southern California offered a bleak assessment of the state’s drying climate, saying it has already begun to affect people, plants and animals.
- ABC 7: ‘California is now in a new climate:’ Stanford scientist explains state’s heat wave, dry conditions
- LA Times: Summer dreams dry up on the Russian River, a paradise whipsawed by drought, flood and fire
- The Mercury News: California power grid operator urges conservation amid soaring temperatures
- ABC News: Why water levels in megadrought-impacted Southwestern states have some experts concerned
- Circle of Blue: Drought, The Everything Disaster
- Bloomberg: Halting the Megadrought - The Bureau of Reclamation Explained
- Weather West: California dodges worst of historic Pacific Northwest heatwave, but long-duration heatwave still likely inland. Plus: significant monsoonal surge next week?
- Lompoc Record: Lindsey - 77 percent of California faces extreme or exceptional drought conditions. A look at how we got here and what’s next
- MSN: Portland hits 112 degrees: Severe Western US drought and heat wave, explained