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California drought news: Third lowest snowpack, the economics of drought, and strawberries!



Winter clouds swirl over the White Mountains Nov. 19, 2003 east of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Bishop, California. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is currently at a third of average.
Winter clouds swirl over the White Mountains Nov. 19, 2003 east of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Bishop, California. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is currently at a third of average.
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"The fact is, aridity and recurrent drought, if expected or normal, are not a detriment to economic growth. Arid states in the U.S. over the past decade have not performed worse than their wetter brethren," said a section of the report by Anderson Senior Economist Jerry Nickelsburg. "Agriculture, industry, fisheries and households are not passive players in this game but react to drought-based incentives."

"If the drought is like the ones we had before, which are plentiful in California, then the data suggests it's not a big deal economically," said Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA forecast. "If this is really a climate change, that is a different story."