Scientist Who Predicted the California Drought 10 Years Ago Now Says It May Get Even Worse
J Thoendell stashed this in Maps
Things are looking dire, with the California governor calling for a state of emergency and asking residents to conserve their water. But it looks like California may be in the long-haul when it comes to dealing with its drought.
Back in 2004, University of California, Santa Cruz professor Lisa Sloan used computer models to project an eerily accurate prediction of the ongoing California drought. She and her graduate student Jacob Sewall found that the disappearance of Arctic sea ice would lead to "a significant reduction in rain and snowfall in the American West." Her models found that a column of high-pressure air would build up off the West Coast, forcing the jet stream to travel in a more northerly route:
And lo and behold, that's the exact weather anomaly that NOAA documented last year: