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Your Call: How bad is California’s drought?

On the March 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll kick off a weeklong series on California’s water crisis. January was the driest month in the state since record keeping began in 1895 and February was the hottest. The fact is, it’s just not raining. As a result, California has just one year of water reserves, wells are running dry, and the Sierra snowpack is far below normal. What explains this? How are state officials dealing with the drought? And what’s the responsibility of citizens? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

Jason Smerdon, associate research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Web Resources:

LA Times: Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds

Grist: If you think that California is dry now, wait until the 2050s

The Guardian: California's below-normal snowpack increases drought worries