2018 WATER YEAR: Another Climate Changing Warmer & Drier Year


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 October 2018

CLIMATE & WATER

Another Climate Changing Warmer & Drier Year

Below Average Precipitation for Water Year 2018,
California Dept of Water Resources, October 1, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

"Despite below-average precipitation in water year 2018, most California reservoirs are storing near- or above-average levels of water heading into the 2019 water year."

Highlights

SoCal Less than Half
Much of Southern California ended up with half or less than half of average annual precipitation.

58% of Average
The April 1 statewide snowpack based on over 260 snow courses was just 58 percent of average for water year 2018, a dramatic drop from 159 percent of average for the same date in 2017.

Record Heat, Too...
The water year coincided with ongoing warming conditions, setting new records this summer for maximum temperatures in the South Coast region.

"Transition" to More Fire...
Water year 2018 is indicative of California’s ongoing transition to a warmer climate, which after years of extreme variability in annual precipitation, resulted in record-breaking wildfires.

More Dangers than Dryness
“While conditions overall were dry, California experienced sporadic periods of significant precipitation.”

“This event is a good reminder that floods can happen any year, even during an overall dry one.”


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