California drought now most severe ever recorded

Tuesday 05th Aug 2014 by theWeather Club
Image from The National Drought Mitigation Centre website: The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

Due to its severity and the wide area affected, the drought in California has now been classed as the most extreme one on record. Approximately 58 percent of California is now classed as being in “exceptional drought” conditions, the most severe of five drought categories.

Although some parts of California have been under drought conditions since 2011, it has gradually been getting worst across the region, intensifying in May 2014 as a heatwave gripped the region; the region is now suffering the worst drought in 500 years. 

Reservoirs and aquifers are being depleted putting the state’s agricultural industry in jeopardy, wildfires are being triggered in the north and south, and there is also fear that depletion of water from aquifers may lead to earthquakes.

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