California Dry Spell Linked to Climate Change
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For months now California residents have been made aware of the historically low levels of water in the state. In July, state legislature enacted a law that imposes a $500 fine on citizens who waste water. The drought was particularly harmful last summer, when higher-than-normal temperatures were sustained through October. But while many believed the mega drought to be primarily a consequence of low rainfall levels, a new study indicates that the extreme temperatures may be more to blame. A new Stanford University study found a link between global warming and California’s historic drought. No less than seven ski resorts in the region have been shuttered due to a lack of snow.
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California is in the midst of a three-year dry spell, formed by a combination of the highest annual temperature, lowest calendar-year precipitation, and lowest 12-month precipitation on record. The lack of water is identified in the lack of snowfall, too, which accumulates in the mountains in the winter and melts in spring and summer. The water from this snow nourishes farms, towns, and cities hundreds of miles from where rain and snow actually fall.
Since record-keeping began 120 years ago, California’s annual precipitation has remained steady. The years have been punctuated by wet or dry spells. The danger exists when dry years overlap with higher-than-normal temperatures and made severe drought twice as likely. In a recent U.S. News and World Report article, “It used to be like flipping two coins, a temperature coin and precipitation coin,” Diffenbaugh says. [Noah Diffenbaugh, lead author of the study and a climate scientist at Stanford University] “Together, they’d come up both tails a quarter of the time, and we’d get warm and dry conditions.” The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health and published on March 2nd in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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