California Drought MonitorIn a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News, author Paul Rogers notes that the California drought may be prolonged if La Nina strikes next winter. Southern California may be hit hardest by a dry winter as Pacific Ocean temperature shift.

He noted that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a La Nina watch for the first time in 4 years stating that there is a 71% chance of La Nina conditions being present in the Pacific Ocean by November.  In March 2016 the percent chance was 57%… indicating that evidence is mounting quickly.  That said, it is still too early to predict the strength or weakness of the conditions.

“At this point, odds favor the development of La Niña by the fall,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “And should we see La Niña develop, below-normal precipitation would be favored next winter across Central and Southern California.”

Even though Northern California had it’s wettest winter in 5 years, the need for water conservation across the state is still of paramount importance. The GreenSmart Greywater Diverter can play a significant role in this endeavor both in new residential construction projects and in new and retrofitted commercial applications.

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To read the entire Mercury News Article entitled California Drought: Odds of La Nina increase for next winter, bringing concerns the drought may drag on, CLICK HERE.

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