Climatological Context for California’s Ongoing Drought

Abatzoglou, John

from ARE Update Vol. 25, No. 1, Sep/Oct, 2021

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Abstract

Back-to-back hot-dry years have left California parched. By late summer of 2021, half of California found itself in an exceptional drought. I review the climatic factors that led us into this deficit and provide its context relative to some of the state’s most notorious droughts. Increasing atmospheric thirst, together with climate change, has arguably supercharged recent droughts, including California’s ongoing drought.

Citation

Abatzoglou, John. 2021. "Climatological Context for California’s Ongoing Drought." ARE Update 25(1): 2-5. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/filer/file/1635373235/20250/