Thursday Top of the Scroll: California’s rain year just ended – and the data shows we’re in trouble
California’s rain year officially ended Wednesday, and the data reflects what the dry landscape in much of the Bay Area already shows: It wasn’t pretty. Data shows that for many of the major regions of California, the July 2020-June 2021 rain year was one of the top 10 driest ever. Even more troubling is that the extreme dry spells are starting to stack up, especially in the Sierra Nevada watersheds that supply so much of the state’s water.
- New York Times: What a Water Shortage Is Doing to Some of America’s Best Farmland
- PBS: What’s causing the drought in the West — and why it’s so bad
- The Guardian: Running out of water: how climate change fuels a crisis in the US west
- World Economic Forum: 40 weeks and counting - This chart shows the severity of the U.S. drought
- ABC 10: Lake Oroville water level continues to fall dangerously low