DISCUSSION: Winter has certainly proved to be a fruitful season for California, but with the fruits of labor that mother nature has provided, she has also brought devastation for many as Californian’s are still experiencing effects of the changing drought landscape. The rainy season is typically marked from late October through March in California, this season brings the majority of yearly rainfall to the region, in addition to heavy impacts of flooding, and mud/landslides.
Data beginning October 4th, 2016 through February 28th, 2017 has shown stunning changes in the drought monitor. Approximating from the beginning of October, there was 0% area without some D0-D4 drought in the state, with 100% experiencing at least D0 drought conditions. 21.04% of the state had experienced D4 highest drought of Exceptional Drought according to the monitor. Conversely by February 28th, 2017, California has reported that 74.49% of the state is NOT experiencing drought. With this D3-D4 and D4 drought has been completely eliminated from the monitor altogether, still with some time left in this rainy season. The drought monitor still indicating those experiencing the drought conditions located in Southern California, which have benefited from recent precipitation but still 25.51% to go to completely eliminate drought from the states’ monitor.
The next few weeks will prove to be one for the books as California’s rainy season may see an end. For more information on California’s drought or other weather related items visit the Global Weather and Climate Center!
~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen