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BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN: Lessons from the California drought

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 06 February 2017

I live on the California coast, where a company will dye your brown lawn green for $100.  Where weather reports contain lines like "accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch"--words that actually excite us.  But what happens if we zoom out from the particulars and look at the wider principles playing out? 



California received average or better precipitation in 2015-16, especially in the north where most of the rainfall is stored.  This was welcome but not enough to erase the effects of the drought.  The latest predictions for 2016-17 suggest a return to low rainfall, but predictions of a major El Nino-fueled deluge last winter turned out to be wrong, so stay tuned.