Mapping California's Drought: Rapid Progression in 4 Years

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 03:05 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
California's extreme drought conditions have progressed rapidly since 2011, when maps based on reports from the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that just a small part of the northern part of the state was considered "abnormally dry."

According to Thursday's edition of The Los Angeles Times, drought conditions spread statewide when rainfall became more sporadic.

The first maps of the state show just spots of yellow, indicating the abnormally dry conditions. And then, as time moves along into 2012, the map rapidly changes, with most of the state being colored yellow.

NASA Expert: Sun Cycles to Cause 30 Year Cold Spell

As 2012 progresses, the map, shown in a 10-second slide show here, begins to turn brown, indicating "moderate drought" and then brown spots on the map expand as the conditions morph into orange, for "severe drought."

The severe drought conditions rapidly spread statewide as the drought worsens through 2013, and by the end of last year, the color red is added, meaning "extreme drought."

This year, as the extreme drought seemed to eat up larger areas of the state, a new brownish red is added to signify "exceptional drought," which has spread to include most of the state by this week, when the map was released. It shows that more than 80 percent of the state is in an extreme drought category. Overall, nearly 100 percent of the state is in the third-harshest category, severe drought, the Times reports.

There appears to be little relief in sight, the Times reports, noting that climatologists base their forecasts on the Drought Monitor's 50 weather indicators across the state, which include weather patterns, soil conditions, and water activity.

In July, the state Water Resources Control Board enacted strict fines for people who waste water, and cities have started fining people or making them attend classes instead of paying fees.

But even tougher teeth for laws won't help the state; for that, California needs rain.

NASA Expert: Sun Cycles to Cause 30 Year Cold Spell

However, a hoped-for wet El Nino weather pattern isn't expected to materialize, the Times reports, as chances for that have dropped to about 65 percent.

The pattern, if it happens, is expected to start in October and peak during the late fall and early winter months, said the Climate Prediction Center and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, which had said before there would be an 80 percent chance of an El Nino pattern.


Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mack McLarty: Obama Can Salvage Final Years in Office

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 13:32 PM

President Obama could accomplish much in his final two years in office despite widespread doubts and discontent about hi . . .

Sen. Leahy Urges Comcast to Extend Net Neutrality Pledge

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 12:40 PM

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has called on Comcast to extend its net neutrality  . . .

WH Spokesman: Staff Helped Obama 'Evolve' on Gay Marriage

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 12:26 PM

President Barack Obama evolved on the issue of same sex marriage, and his views were in keeping with the way many Americ . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved