California in Trouble: 2022 already the Driest in History, Massive Heat Wave Expected This Week.
It’s being reported that California saw the driest winter in the history of the state. This issue now compounds on top of the last two years of trouble for the State. In 2020 California saw the driest February in State history and in 2021 the State recorded the second least amount of rainfall in history.
In the recently released drought tracking map you can see that most of Central and Northern California reported a record driest quarter. Even parts of Northern Nevada and Utah saw record drought.
To add on top of all that, wildfire season never really ended in California. There have been some notable fires burning through the Chaparral brush component in January and February. There is a new start in the Stanislaus National Forest which is early for this time of year. As you can see below most of the Western United States has been in a record drought for at least a couple years consecutively.
Looking into the near future a massive heat wave is being forecast for California this week. Temperatures reaching 15 to 25 degrees above normal are being predicted. It will be interesting to see if this weather pattern will carry into the mountain states and the region 3 areas who are just gearing up for a big wildfire season.
I would not be shocked to see a record wildfire season this year
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