Is Another Drought on the Horizon?

Scientists are sounding the alarm over some key indicators that suggest California’s drought could be rearing its ugly head again.

A new report from the U.S. Drought Monitor puts more than 73.3 percent of the state in the “abnormally dry” category right now, with more than 43.7 percent in a “moderate drought.” More than 4.9 percent of the state -- Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara -- are in a severe drought, according to the report.

“We’re on that track” said University of California-Los Angeles climate scientist Daniel Swain.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is also extremely underwhelming this year, but another important reading of the mountain range will take place in spring. State officials say it would be prudent to wait before making any dire predictions about an impending water crisis.  

California ended its drought state of emergency in April of 2017. At the time, Gov. Jerry Brown said “the next drought could be around the corner.”


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