Joe D’Aleo sent this over. California had a dry winter, so Scripps declares permanent drought.
E. Calvin Beisner 11:01pm May 16
Rising temperatures could eliminate two-thirds of Calif. snowpack
Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012″The snowpack that helps provide water for California cities and farms could shrink by two-thirds because of climate change, according to new research submitted to the state’s Energy Commission.
Higher temperatures appear likely to wipe out a third of the Golden State’s snowpack by 2050 and two-thirds by the end of the century, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography found. …”