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California Drought News: Melting snow, farming woes and a dynamic duo


New drought word for the week: wizentimer.

Today's news focuses largely on farming under the grip of the wizentimer.

In California, already particularly hard hit by drought, the situation is worsening. Temperatures there were 9 to 12 degrees above normal, which caused breathtakingly rapid melt of the California snowpack. Some areas of the Sierra Nevada lost half of the water locked up in snow in just one week. Yet, there was little change in inflows into the state’s starved reservoirs. (Discover)