A California drought has become a topic of conversation for weather monitors, as recent projection models show a continued pattern of hot weather.
A report released by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 44 percent of California is now considered to be in moderate drought.
Last week, a third of the state was in the “abnormally dry” category.
California usually sees a significant amount of rainfall in February, but right now precipitation levels are below normal, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe.
The dry winter stemmed back to much of the last six or more months, weather that is more typical of spring than mid-winter, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Temperatures have been well above average, which tends to dry out vegetation, soils, and water resources, tying in to the growing risk of wildfires, according to the report.
The National Weather Service noted that temperatures in the Santa Clarita Valley for this weekend will be in the mid 80’s with wind speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
With only one significant storm, which triggered deadly mudslides, the state is expected to continue experiencing record-setting heat.
“The most helpful things we can do right now are to conserve water resources,” said Munroe. “Reducing or eliminating watering of your yard and reduce the time of your showers can really help.”Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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