Monday November 7, 2022

ABC 10

As California heads into the winter months, drought continues to envelop most of the state. 

Almost 17% of the state is in exceptional drought, the highest ratings assocaited with drought like conditions. Most of this area is located in the San Jouaquin Valley where the effects of drought are most pronounced

The major winter storm set to impact the region, late this weekend and into early next week, will not bust the state out of the drought but a wet November is a solid start to a crucial water year ahead. It will take a “conga line” of atmospheric rivers throughout the wet season to pull the state out of drought, according to John Abatzoglou, a UC Merced professor of Climatology.

As the west has become developed and climate change is threatening an already limited water supply, native fish species are rapidly declining.

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