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California’s Latest Drought in 4 Charts

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jeffrey Mount, Michael Dettinger

May 3, 2021 ... In both regions, snowpack is better than it was in 2014 and 2015—but not enough to provide significant drought relief.

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Droughts in California

By Jeffrey Mount, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Gokce Sencan

Warming is also decreasing the proportion of precipitation that falls as snow. Snowpack is an important part of the state's water storage system, accounting for ...

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California’s 21st Century Megadrought

By Jeffrey Mount, Michael Dettinger

Jun 23, 2020 ... Warm years diminish snowpack, reducing an important source of spring runoff into reservoirs. Extended warm and dry periods lead to snow ...

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A Changing Water Landscape

By Ellen Hanak

Jan 13, 2020 ... Climate change is bringing pressures that will seriously impact California's water system: warming temperatures, shrinking snowpack, ...

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Reducing Flood Risk in the Central Valley

By Lori Pottinger

Nov 19, 2019 ... ... “pineapple express” floods (like the January 1997 floods) that come from rainfall on large snowpack. PPIC: Talk about the flood plan.

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Climate Change and California’s Water

By Jeffrey Mount, Daniel Swain, Paul Ullrich

Managing water is at the forefront of climate change adaptation in California. Five climate pressures—warming temperatures, shrinking snowpack, shorter and ...

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California’s Water Grid

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount

Five key climate pressures—warming temperatures, shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, more frequent extreme wet and dry years, ...