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A Bone-Dry February Is Having People Worried About A Possible Drought




People hike along a ridge overlooking the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
People hike along a ridge overlooking the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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Lower than average levels of snowpack in the California mountains are raising concerns of a possible drought. 

The California Department of Water Resources conducted their third seasonal snow survey. The seasonal test is done to measure the state’s water supply. January and February were disappointing precipitation months due to warmer winter temperatures and less rainfall. The snow season typically begins in December up until April. It’s too soon to tell how much snow and rain we may receive in the next couple months. On the bright side, state officials have said water reservoir levels are either near or at historical averages. In the past few years, the state had experienced a period of heavy rain and snow that led former California Governor Jerry Brown to declare an end to the five-year drought. State officials are saying that a few dry months does not necessarily equate to a drought. But areas in Central and Southern California are reporting drier than normal precipitation levels. 

Today on Airtalk, we do a drought check-in and take a closer look at the rain and snow conditions that are raising concerns.

Guests:

Jim Carlton, reporter for the Wall Street Journal; his most recent piece is “ Drought Fears Rise in California”; he tweets @jimcarltonsf

Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys and water supply forecasting for the California Department of Water Resources

Alexander Tardy, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s San Diego office; he tweets @SanDiegoWCMwx