La Niña returns, governor declares statewide drought emergency

The U.S. Drought Monitor report for Thursday, Oct. 21, shows much of California in an extreme or exceptional drought. Valley News/Courtesy photo
With the return of La Niña last week, water officials are predicting drought conditions will continue to worsen throughout the state of California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s Climate Prediction Center announced the development of La Niña in the Pacific Ocean Thursday, Oct. 14, saying it could last into next spring, signaling bad news for drought-stricken areas of the west, including California. The announcement marks the second year in a row that La Niña, which usually results in a drier-than-average winter for those in the southwest, has developed, according to NOAA officials. “Our scientists have been tracking the potential development of a La Niña since this summer, and it was a factor in the above-normal hurricane season forecast, which we have seen
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