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Extreme California Drought Worsens

Gloomy forecast for California
Drought forecast to continue through Spring (NOAA)
Drought forecast to continue through Spring (NOAA)
Exceptional drought now covers nearly 15% of the state of California. That statistic is as of Tuesday, February 18. According to the United States Drought Monitor, California's recent rains have not helped out much at all to the state's poor situation. What is usually the wet season for the western state has been bone dry this winter. According to the drought monitor, nearly 70 percent of the state is in an extreme drought or worse. The entire state is at least abnormally dry. Within the last week, exceptional drought (which is the worst condition on the monitor) has increased from covering 9.8 percent of the state to now 14.6 percent. Three months ago 0 percent of the land was in this category. Take a look at the extreme drought stats.
As of Tues, Feb 18: 68.3%
As of Tues, Feb 11: 60.9%
As of Tues, Nov 18: 27.6%

A weather pattern that has brought the west very warm and dry weather has brought us cold and snowy conditions. The eastern half of the country has been well below average in terms of temperature, while receiving above average snowfall (for most cities). This is a trend that will likely last into early March. What does this mean for you? Probably higher prices at the grocery store as a lot of food comes from that state.

-Meteorologist Steve Glazier
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