100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

Holly Schwartz

5/16/14

The article I read was about the drought in the Southern Plains and especially California. The U.S. Drought Monitor showed 100 percent of the state was now in one of the three worst stages of drought. The situation in California has been building up for years and was supposed to have improved during the winter season which is supposed to be its wet season. The heat wave occurring in California has contributed to the acceleration of the drought and started several wild fires. The wild fires are fueled from the hot dry conditions of dry vegetation. Officials are hoping that an El Nino over the summer will bring much-needed rainfall. El Nino is a naturally occurring event in the equatorial region which causes temporary changes in the world climate. The El Nino can result in fluctuating droughts, floods, and crop yields in varying regions of the world. The excessive rain could be very helpful with getting the Southern Plains out of the terrible drought. I found this article very alarming and have made me more aware of climate issues in other parts of the country. I wasn’t aware how bad the Southern Plains were being affected from the terrible drought.

www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/elnino.asp (El Nino)

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/california-drought-20140516 (Article Link)

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm near Mendota, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm near Mendota, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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