Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Is California's drought over?

California’s drought, “for all practical purposes” is over, says Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and professor of earth system science at the University of California, Irvine. Two years ago Famiglietti warned that California had only one year of water remaining in its reservoirs. "We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too,” he wrote in the Los Angeles Times. Now, after record levels of rainfall the picture has changed, although Famiglietti says his long term outlook for California’s and water remains pessimistic. "Scientifically we could say that the drought is over but we still won’t have enough water to do all the things that we want to in the state." I spoke with Prof. Famiglietti (together with Rhod Sharp) on BBC Radio 5 live.