Dry weather continues in California. Time to start worrying about another drought?
BY DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW
DECEMBER 12, 2017 01:13 PM/UPDATED DECEMBER 12, 2017 07:05 PM
December has been bone dry in California, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much wetter by the time the 2018 rolls around.
Precipitation levels in Sacramento and most major California cities are below average for this time of year. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 37 percent of normal. The U.S. Drought Monitor says about one-third of California is either facing moderate drought conditions or is abnormally dry, with all of the dry areas lying south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Extraordinarily arid conditions have helped fuel the wildfires in Southern California, where rainfall has been almost nonexistent. Arizona, Utah and parts of Nevada are also drier than usual.