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NOAA News: California Facing Worst Drought on Record

February 7, 2014

CNAP researchers Kelly Redmond and Nina Oakley contributed to a recent news post by NOAA’s website. Highlighting a photo taken by Kelly and a graphic generated by Nina this article examines the continuation of drought conditions over California focusing on the development of the current drought over the past several years:


How precipitation accumulates across California over the span of 30 months beginning in July and ending in the third following December on average (dark blue) and most recently (gray, July 2011-December 2013). Precipitation in California is sharply seasonal, with a winter wet season and a summer dry season. Graph adapted from original by Nina Oakley, based on NOAA Climate Division Data.

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