We could see more and more ‘hot droughts’ like California’s

FiveThirtyEight: Last week, California’s dry spell got a temporary reprieve thanks to an onslaught of Pacific storms. But the storms won’t be enough to turn back the state’s drought - one that, researchers say, is the region’s worst in the last 1,200 years. California’s drought began in late 2011 and rapidly intensified. Reservoirs stand empty, and as of this month, the U.S. Drought Monitor has classified conditions in 79.7 percent of the state as being in “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. To compare the......

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