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Thu, Jan 12, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

A California Drought?


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Snow from last year's big winter storms could still be seen on mountains near Lake Tahoe on August 30th. This winter has been one of the driest on record.
Craig Miller/KQED
Snow from last year's big winter storms could still be seen on mountains near Lake Tahoe on August 30th. This winter has been one of the driest on record.

California water officials, farmers and others who track seasonal snow and rain levels are beginning to worry about how dry it's been. Officials say they're not ready to declare a drought, however, because the rainy season isn't over yet -- and many reservoirs are still full of runoff from last year's heavy snows.

Host: Scott Shafer

Guests:

  • Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for the California Department of Water Resources
  • William Patzert, climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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We discuss the potential for a drought, and what might be causing the unseasonably warm temperatures.

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