Tuesday Top of the Scroll: 2022 is California’s record driest year, so far, NOAA says
2022 is California’s driest first half of any year on record, according to a just released government summary. In data released on Monday, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information found that over the period from January through June precipitation in the state was the lowest on record dating to 1895. Elsewhere, Nevada had its second lowest precipitation tally, Utah its third least and Arizona its ninth lowest over the same period. Drought conditions had improved significantly at the end of 2021 as California received record snowfall in the Sierra. After a dry start to the year and now the dry season in place, drought conditions have worsened yet again.