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‘Rains won’t be enough’ to overturn Calif. drought

Author: Kristy

Angela Bowman, Staff Writer

 

Rain finally has returned to some parts of California, but will it be enough to stop the drought?

According to NBC News in an article here, California residents are bracing for several inches of rain – and a few feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains – thanks to a pair of back-to-back storm systems. However, neither are expected to provide enough precipitation to overturn the oppressive drought conditions.

“It’s not going to be enough, but it’s better than not having it at all,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in CBS San Francisco report.

The latest “Drought Monitor” report shows California cloaked in deep hues of red, indicated the spread of the most intense levels of drought. As of Feb. 25, nearly three-quarters of the state is in extreme or worse drought, up from 68 percent last week.

And according to the report’s author, Brad Rippey, the outlook doesn’t bode well for long-term relief.

“This year, California is on track to complete one of its driest years on record; the period from July 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014, broke an all-time record for dryness. Heat has certainly not helped California’s drought situation,” he wrote. “California’s drought impacts continue to mount, with one of the most recent blows to agriculture being that the Central Valley Project plans to deliver no water to many growers in 2014.”

 

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