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Craig is KQED's science editor, specializing in weather, climate, water & energy issues, with a little seismology thrown in just to shake things up. Prior to his current position, he launched and led the station's award-winning multimedia project, Climate Watch. Craig is also an accomplished writer/producer of television documentaries, with a focus on natural resource issues.
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading up to the Sierra today to measure the snowpack. Spoiler alert: he's traveling a long way to get some very bad news. The measurement has big implications for California's ongoing drought -- and this year's anemic snowpack looks to shatter the previous record-low mark.
Starting in about a month, if you want a glass of water at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for it. That's one of the mandatory statewide water restrictions approved on Tuesday. Most of the measures are aimed at outdoor watering, since that's almost half of total urban water consumption.
The snowfall this year has been awful for skiers and snowboarders -- and it's looking grim for the drought too. Thursday morning, surveyors will once again trudge into the Sierra to size up the mountain snowpack, a critical source of water for millions of Californians.
If all goes according to plan, a rocket will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc on Thursday. Its mission: to put up a satellite capable of measuring how much water is in the soil. The satellite could provide better weather forecasts, and give us a clue as to which way the drought is heading.
All that rain we got in December got us thinking that the drought has ended. Most parts of California are on track for a record-dry January that likely means a fourth straight year of drought. Where did all the rain and snow go? The answer has been sitting over our heads for weeks.