California Facing Driest Year on Record
Lack of snow not a problem, water manager says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2012 6:06 AM CST
The Sierra Nevada mountains have seen a fraction of their usual snowfall.   (AP Photo/Mike Tyler)

(Newser) – The snow that provides around a third of California's water has largely gone AWOL this year, and with rain also noticeably scant, experts believe the state may be about to experience its driest year since records began. The temperature pattern known as La Niña, combined with a strong atmospheric barrier keeping Arctic air away, is likely to keep the state warm and dry in the months to come, a Pasadena climatologist tells MSNBC.

But while the dry weather may make for a hellish wildfire season, the state won't be going thirsty, according to the manager of the Metropolitan Water District of southern California. Last year's wet weather left California with plenty of water, he says, and even if this does prove to be its driest year ever, there is enough stored to see the state through "three tough years in a row."

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Jan 11, 2012 9:01 AM CST
2012 will be a year remembered in Ca. Perhaps as a one year anomoly when fire reigned, or the beginning of the burning of the state if the dry trend continues.
Jan 11, 2012 8:46 AM CST
Doesn't Algore live in California? Hah Hah.
Jan 11, 2012 8:34 AM CST
From a Nov 2010 article I wonder when there other source will be usable again ? "In the 1980's, Los Angeles suffered a major crisis when the city was forced to stop using 40% of its drinking water due to industrial runoff contamination " And since the tap the Colorado river like other cities it's in trouble. (Jan 2011)