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California Drought News: No March miracles in scientists' spring predictions

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Friday's drought news wants to start tracking the number of Chinatown references in water stories, because apparently we didn't all get this out of our systems during the LADWP Aqueduct-versary. And today, we start with some predictions:

  • Harvard may have gotten a March miracle, but we won't. NOAA's spring roundup heralds an air ball at the buzzer for California: federal scientists are predicting that drought will persist or worsen in the coming months:
“They have passed their key months for being able to recover,” said Deke Arndt, chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center. (Washington Post and Climate Central)
  • And the National Interagency Fire Center knows what that means. Their tastefully understated prediction is that California will have an "above normal" fire season. (National Interagency Fire Center)
  • Flood irrigation continues in the .02 percent of California that is NOT currently in severe drought. (Did you know there was that much territory in that category?) The Wire investigates who's not in a drought yet and goes to the Bard Valley, right on the Colorado River...and finds they're going to join the rest of us, probably, sooner rather than later. (The Wire)
  • Alfalfa farmers are rallying against Delta water restrictions, and they've focused their ire like a laser on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and its delta-smelt decision last week. (Fox News)
  • Gloria Goodale talks to Doug Parker, at the UC's Institute for Water Resources, to make the point that farmers and cities have both grown more efficient in recent decades, and neither one recognizes the other's progress on conservation. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Earthquake-drought crossover news continues in Morgan Hill, where local water officials face a strange choice: drain a local reservoir, or risk future seismic problems. (Paul Rogers/San Jose Mercury)

Got any predictions of your own about California's water that you want to share? We'd love to hear them in the comments below.

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