California should expect a ‘fourth dry year’ as drought persists across the US, especially California, experts say.
The extreme drought could trigger a historic natural disaster as rain is so scant and the parched fields dry out, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said: ‘It’s as if the world is ending and you have no choice.
The drought, especially in California, ‘is absolutely unprecedented in modern times and we can’t ignore that as you move into April and May. I mean, it’s just not acceptable,’ a senior administration official told CNN.
But with the current parched conditions, the official said, the country is at ‘high risk’ of a ‘third consecutive year of drought’.
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California is experiencing a ‘historic drought’ as the parched fields dry out, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) saying that more than 93 per cent of the state is in ‘exceptional drought’.
The current drought, which is now entering its fourth year, can be compared to a ‘fourth dry year’ as the parched fields dry out, according to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Another meteorologist said: ‘If you are talking about historical weather patterns, we are talking about the possibility of a historic disaster.
In the last century, there’s no precedent for a fourth dry year, meteorologist Mark Svoboda, a professor at Middlebury College on Vermont’s Lake Champlain, told CNN.
‘If you look at the past century, there have been four dry years, and this year we could be in a similar position with the dryness,’ Svoboda said. ‘What this means, particularly for central California with a high drought risk, is the possibility of a historic disaster.’
‘Today, we are in drought, not just in the east and west, but in the central valley, and you have to look at the entire state,’ he said.
While California may not be able to get enough rain to return crops to normal, the drought could trigger a historic disaster as rain is so scant and the parched fields dry out, according to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (left) said: ‘The US has a lot of work to do. We don’t have four dry years, but we can’t ignore the threat