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With weak rain season, drought for California could be in the forecast




Rain clouds move over downtown Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2017.
Rain clouds move over downtown Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2017.
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Southern California will be getting a little taste of the rain this week, but it won’t be enough.

After kicking off 2017 with a hot and dry winter season, California has little chance of reaching normal rainfall totals by the end of the year. Low snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada are leading ski resorts to close their doors and residents are fearing another long dry spell could be on the way.

The State Water Resources Control Board is already preparing. In a week, the Board is expected to adopt restrictions similar to those Governor Jerry Brown implemented after two years of drought in 2014 – but instead of expiring, these would be permanent.

Larry sits down with KPCC’s science reporter Jacob Margolis to hear how much rain is expected in SoCal’s future and how likely it is the state is headed for another drought.

Guest:

Jacob Margolis, science reporter at KPCC



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