On May 10, 2021, a concrete structure, usually underwater, was visible on Lake Falsam in Granite Bay, California. Pictures: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)
Many parts of California and the West rely on snowpacks for water resources. There have been less snowpacks this year as well as faster spring snowfall. As a result, the amount of ice water equivalent, or the amount to be released from a snowpack when the ice melts, has been drastically reduced. In California, snow-water equivalents for this time of year are at 6% of normal levels. In short, there is nothing left on the ground in the Sierra Nevada State information On average, less than an inch is equivalent to snow water.
The drought in the state started the winter wet season. With the onset of winter and lack of rainfall this winter, the land has become so dry that the water from the Snowpack has sunk into the land without flowing into rivers, streams and reservoirs.
“The amazing thing for me as a climate scientist is to see the snow melt and then the riverbanks and steam see no reaction,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles and Nature Conservation. Told CNN. “The soil under the snow is so dry that there is no rain.”
As of this week, Drought monitor The entire state of California is now facing a kind of drought. About three-quarters of the state is in exceptional or extreme drought, the worst division.