(Craig Miller/KQED)

California water officials, farmers and others who track seasonal snow and rain levels are beginning to worry about how dry it’s been. Officials say they’re not ready to declare a drought, however, because the rainy season isn’t over yet — and many reservoirs are still full of runoff from last year’s heavy snows.

We discuss the potential for a drought, and what might be causing the unseasonably warm temperatures.

Guests:
Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for the California Department of Water Resources
William Patzert, climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Jeremy Traurig

    All the ski resorts are open at Tahoe? That’s great. Do we get discounted lift tickets for man-made snow and limited trails?

  • Sander916

    Will this drought and the scarcity of water get a movement in water pricing and working on innovations regarding water efficiency and irrigation.

  • Messele Zewdie Ejeta

    I just came across this broadcast and wanted to share some analysis I have done about this dry condition in Northern California. Water year 2012 is one Saros cycle from 1994 and two Saros cycles from 1976. Both years were dry years. After doing a lot of analysis in the course of studying the impact of climate change on California’s water projects, I had predicted per a journal paper accepted last year for publication in the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Hydrologic Engineering that water year 2012 would be a dry year in Northern California. I have also an ongoing validation of the prediction using real time precipitation data during this water year. I have a short analysis on this, which is posted at: http://www.jostationarity.com/VOL2/JOSLetter5.pdf. You may want to focus on Figure 2. A preprint version of the paper, which is scheduled to appear in the March 2012 issue of the journal, can be accessed at (http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000456).   

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