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Satellite Shows California's Catastrophic Drought

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2013 was a dry year for California, but it has nothing on 2014 so far. January is on track to be California’s driest on record, and since the state receives half of its precipitation between December and February, it appears that the 2013-2014 water year could be the driest on record too. With that possibility in view, California governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr. declared a state of emergency on January 17, urging Californians to conserve water.

From brown landscapes to the bare mountains, California is clearly dry in this view from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, taken on January 18, 2014. The lower image, taken on January 18, 2013, contrasts last year’s drought conditions with the extreme conditions currently in place.

The most striking difference between the two years is the amount of snow cover on mountains. The Sierra Nevada range has very little snow, and Coast Range and Cascade Mountains are almost completely snow free. California gets a third of its water supply from mountain snow, but with warm, dry weather, little snow has accumulated. In January 2014, the snowpack was between 10 and 30 percent of normal. Since much of the snow pack can come from just a few events, one or two big storms could make a significant difference. The widespread snow in 2013 may be from one such event, since snow covers not only the mountains, but also the basins and ranges of Nevada to the east. By spring of 2013, the Sierra Nevada snowpack would be well below average, contributing to the worsening drought.

Less striking at first glance, but just as telling is the condition of the vegetation west of the Sierra Nevada. In 2013—a year into the drought—the central valley was green with growing crops. The coastal hills were also green from winter rain. In 2014, everything west of the forested mountains is brown. Even irrigated agriculture in the center of the state appears to be limited compared to 2013. Viewing the images with the image comparison tool makes it easier to see the difference in vegetation from last year to this year.

Under such conditions, California may be prone to water shortages, crop loss and the loss of farm jobs, and increased wildfires, warned the emergency proclamation.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=82910&eocn=home&eoci=iotd_readmore

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From the comments:

More than half the nation's fruit, nuts, and vegetables come from here.

California is the nation's number one dairy state.

California's leading commodity is milk and cream. Grapes are second.

Nationally, products exclusively grown (99% or more) in California include almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons, pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and walnuts.

From 70 to 80% of all ripe olives are grown in California.

California is the nation's leading producer of strawberries, averaging 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries or 83% of the country's total fresh and frozen strawberry production.

California produces 25% of the nation's onions and 43% of the nation's green onions.

We currently produce more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the U.S

97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots

90% of plum tomatoes

Sources:

http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california-food-facts.html

http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/what-happens-if-us-loses-calif or nia-food-production

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato

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Get outta here ya hippy. Just scientists lying their asses off to get them funding dollars. Nothing to see here. Ice caps aren't melting and the air is fine. Go home and shut up. We got an economy to worry about. There are billions that we need to make and if your little slice has to be eaten, too bad so sad.

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Last week my brother told me that the damns in california have 70 days worth of water left at current consumption rates

While one side of the country is under snow and freeezing the other side is suffering the effects of drought , nothing wrong with our worlds climate though this is par for the course...........

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Get outta here ya hippy. Just scientists lying their asses off to get them funding dollars. Nothing to see here. Ice caps aren't melting and the air is fine. Go home and shut up. We got an economy to worry about. There are billions that we need to make and if your little slice has to be eaten, too bad so sad.

/s

Can't.. tell.. if.. serious...

But if you aren't aware, California not producing food has a major impact on the economy regardless if you believe in global warming or not.

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Last week my brother told me that the damns in california have 70 days worth of water left at current consumption rates

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Can't.. tell.. if.. serious...

But if you aren't aware, California not producing food has a major impact on the economy regardless if you believe in global warming or not.

Note the /s at the end.

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Last week my brother told me that the damns in california have 70 days worth of water left at current consumption rates

While one side of the country is under snow and freeezing the other side is suffering the effects of drought , nothing wrong with our worlds climate though this is par for the course...........

Where's Pistoletov when you need him? He'd flood this thread with facts and sources for why all this is all not true. Just as he does in every other thread. Starting with how scientists around the world collude to mislead their respective governments in order to get funding.

/I couldn't keep a straight face writing that.

Can't.. tell.. if.. serious...

But if you aren't aware, California not producing food has a major impact on the economy regardless if you believe in global warming or not.

I suppose I should open my sarcasm tag before I close it. Otherwise it's just a backslash with an "s" after it.

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Where's Pistoletov when you need him? He'd flood this thread with facts and sources for why all this is all not true. Just as he does in every other thread. Starting with how scientists around the world collude to mislead their respective governments in order to get funding.

/I couldn't keep a straight face writing that.

I suppose I should open my sarcasm tag before I close it. Otherwise it's just a backslash with an "s" after it.

I knew you were taking the piss.

I do not think the meek will inherit the earth , it seems like the stupid will.

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I knew you were taking the piss.

I do not think the meek will inherit the earth , it seems like the stupid will.

I disagree. I think the stupid have had it all along. What we're seeing are the first rays of sun breaking through the clouds.

Maybe I'm wrong and it's just my newly found positivety shining through though. Then may the force be with us.

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Can't.. tell.. if.. serious...

But if you aren't aware, California not producing food has a major impact on the economy regardless if you believe in global warming or not.

Was definitely sarcasm.

The terrible irony in all this is that "the economy" has been one of the major excuses of the deniers to actually do anything about climate change :picard:

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Sorry tree huggers and ("save the planet!") green nuts, California has long been well known for droughts, and thus far this California drought is dwarfed by the 2001/2002 drought alone. Hyperbole doesn't work for someone who has actually lived in that state and isn't interested in being spoon-fed green guilt like so many others here who take any opportunity to blame so much as a fart in the wind on global warming (re-branded as climate change).

The way it's been is pretty much any agricultural uses of water in the southern half of California is at the behest of Northern California (thanks to the mountains and glaciers) or other US states diverting water to SoCal. That part of the state should always be on severe water restrictions due to it's inability to provide for itself without usurping water from elsewhere.

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Mabye this means we will be able to buy more locally grown produce instead of the freak vegetables we get from the states.

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plenty of rain in northern california (maybe southern too?) this weekend. more expected next week as well.

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plenty of rain in northern california (maybe southern too?) this weekend. more expected next week as well.

'Plenty' of rainfall over a few days will not replace the snowpack.

It certainly won't fill Lake Shasta which is basically empty according to that image.

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When the glaciers and snow pack are almost non existent on mount Shasta....there's an issue

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'Plenty' of rainfall over a few days will not replace the snowpack.

It certainly won't fill Lake Shasta which is basically empty according to that image.

Not sure why you are saying that or why you put plenty in quotations, but ok. Wasn't trying to suggest anything with my post except that it's pouring in many parts of California right now

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