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California Drought News: Snow, storage, Canadian tomatoes, Tony! Toni! Toné! and more

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Friday’s drought news warns you to stay safe out there in wet conditions…and don’t get cocky about how much water we're getting. 

  • Sure, there was fresh snow on the ground, but Thursday’s statewide average snowpack measurement was 24 percent of normal. (Press-Enterprise)
  • Peep these maps of California for each week since the state of emergency began, and watch the brick-red swath of “exceptional drought” grow. (Mother Jones
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission asking for 10 percent voluntary cutbacks. "We're waiting for the snow to melt and come down and fill our reservoir, but it ain't happening." (SF Gate
  • So what if there’s no water? California Congressional leaders are using drought to push forward proposals for dams and other “surface storage” projects, including an idea for a Upper San Joaquin River dam at Temperance Flat which has been bouncing around for a decade or more. (Fresno Bee
  • California drought through Canadian eyes: Winter strawberries might cost more, but Canada might be able to sell the Golden State its veggies and tomatoes. (CBC)  
  • Virtual water is silly: If exporting crops is exporting water, UC Davis Professor Jay Lund says, don’t forget we import crops and (virtual) water too. (California WaterBlog/Center for Watershed Sciences
  • Stanford researchers try to figure out whether drought is connected to climate change. (Stanford Report
  • Know More’s Max Ehrenfreund explains water subsidies in California and concludes that "government is making it worse." (Washington Post

And finally, my #FollowFriday Twitter favorite user of the day believes he’s found the source of the drought



Hit us with your favorite '80s and '90s soul and R&B drought hits in the comments. 

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