Why melting Sierra snow won’t save California from extreme drought
California’s drought conditions have gone from bad to worse in scarcely a month. In the weeks following April 1, the traditional end of the rainy season, warm temperatures have burned off most of the Sierra Nevada snowpack and left the state’s water network gasping. Instead of delivering a generous volume of melted snow into California’s rivers and reservoirs, the snowpack has largely evaporated into the air or trickled into the ground.
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- NBC Bay Area: Eye Opening 20 Year Drought Data
- Courthouse News Service: Mired Again in Drought, Experts Say California Is Better Prepared to Survive
- TurnTo23: How does this year’s drought compare to 2015?
- ABC10: Wildflowers lead to Folsom Lake’s hidden bridge