CA Drought

Angel Russell

As a dry and hot summer looms, nearly all of California is in some stage of drought, and a Central Coast city is responding by imposing water-use restrictions.

The rainy season failed to produce much this season, and with dwindling water and rising temperatures, Pismo Beach Public Works Director Ben Fine said it's time to take action.

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Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara have published the most extensive analysis to date on groundwater infrastructure across the globe. Their research calls attention to the high number of wells at risk for running dry, including along the Central Coast.

Tom Wilmer

More than 100 million trees have died in California since 2010, according to data released Friday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two-thirds - or 62 million - have died just in the past year.

UCSB study links drought severity to record heat

May 26, 2015
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A new study shows how record-high temperatures are adding to the severity of the ongoing drought. 

A group of scientists led by UC Santa Barbara's Shraddhanand Shukla, were trying to determine whether record-high temperatures had a measurable effect on the drought in 2014.

In order to determine the severity, they substituted nearly 100 years of temperatures in a hydrologic modeling exercise.