Is California Headed for Another Drought?

Above normal temperatures have made the state abnormally dry

Matt Bigler
November 15, 2019 - 11:43 am
Folsom police Officers Eric Baade, left, and Daren Prociw, right, of the mounted enforcement detail, ride their horses across the exposed lake bed at Folsom Lake, Jan. 21, 2014 in Folsom, Calif.

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81% of California is abnormally dry and 4% of the state is in the first stages of drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

There have been above normal temperatures and very little precipitation six weeks into the current wet season.

Some Bay Area residents have been concerned about a return to drought conditions.

“Santa Clara County has an email sent to you that tells you what your usage is. So we try to keep our water usage down,” Mike Young of Morgan Hill told KCBS Radio.

While it sprinkled briefly in the Bay Area on Wednesday, meteorologist Spencer Tangen of the National Weather Service told KCBS Radio that there is not much in the way of rainfall expected over the next seven days.

“There will be a system moving down the coast next week, but it looks like most of the precipitation is going to hit Southern California and not so much the Bay Area," Tangen said.

He says there are early indications the weather patterns could change around Thanksgiving.