HomeNewsCalifornia likely faces a critically dry year, officials say Mar. 03, 2021 at 5:00 amNewsCalifornia likely faces a critically dry year, officials sayGuest Author3 months agocalifornia California will likely face a critically dry year with much less runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack than normal and reservoirs that already are showing the impact of winter precipitation that is well below average, state water authorities said Tuesday.The state Department of Water Resources’ latest survey from a network of electronic stations found that the water content of the overall snowpack was 61% of the historical March 2 average and 54 percent of the average on April 1, when it is historically at its maximum.Surveys of the Sierra snowpack, which normally supplies about 30% of California’s water, are a key element of the department’s water supply forecast. December, January and February are typically the wettest part of the so-called “water year,” which starts on Oct. 1 each year.“As California closes out the fifth consecutive dry month of our water year, absent a series of strong storms in March or April we are going to end with a critically dry year on the heels of last year’s dry conditions,” Karla Nemeth, the department’s director, said in a statement.She added: “With back-to-back dry years, water efficiency and drought preparedness are more important than ever for communities, agriculture and the environment.”The snowpack was doing better in the northern and central Sierra than in the southern end of the range, said Sean de Guzman, the department’s chief of snow surveys and water supply forecasting.De Guzman manually surveyed an area at Phillips Station, south of Lake Tahoe, where measurements date to 1941. He found a snow depth of 56 inches (142.2 centimeters) and a “snow water content” of 21 inches, translating to a water content 86% of average to date and 83% of the April 1 average.De Guzman said the impact of a second consecutive dry year were starting to be seen at the state’s largest reservoirs, which are currently storing between 38% and 68% of their capacity.Lake Shasta, the state’s largest surface water reservoir, was at 50% of capacity, he said.“This year has been similar to water year 2014, which was the third year of California’s most recent severe drought, which lasted from 2012 to 2016,” de Guzman said in a webcast from the Sierra site.De Guzman noted that during that drought, 2014 and 2015 were California’s warmest two years on record and that the calendar year of 2020 was the third warmest on record.“Although we can’t predict how much precipitation California will receive for the remainder of the year, without any series of storms on the horizon it’s safe to say that we’ll end this year dry so it’s important that we’ll have to plan accordingly,” he said.De Guzman said a change in the weather pattern would begin this week “but still it’s nothing too significant of a storm to write home about quite yet.”The long-term forecast did not raise any expectation of a return to a normal water year, he said.While the snow survey focuses on water supply, the department noted that precipitation helps stem wildfires. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report showed more than 99% of California has indicators of drought or abnormal dryness.The next snowpack survey will be conducted on April 1.Tags :californiashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentL.A. County hits record low of positive COVID-19 testsVenice residents sue Los Angeles over homeless enforcementYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago
NORTON, Mass. – A dozen or so people clapped as Dustin Johnson brushed in his putt on the 18th green Friday at TPC Boston. They sounded more consolatory than celebratory. On pace to shatter the PGA Tour scoring record, Johnson made seven consecutive pars to finish as he settled for – at least to us – the most disappointing 60 in recent memory. At least Johnson still soared into the lead at The Northern Trust, where he is ahead by two at 15-under 127. “It is what it is,” he shrugged afterward. “It didn’t happen, so maybe I’ll go out tomorrow and try to shoot 59.” That’s what Scottie Scheffler accomplished Friday, right around the time Johnson was starting his second round. This wasn’t some cupcake setup by the Tour in order to torch the record books. Throw out Scheffler and Johnson’s hot days – only the second time in Tour history that were two rounds of 60 or better on the same day – and the next-best score on the par-71 layout was 64 (shot by four players). The scoring average was 69.53. Tiger Woods made the cut on the number. PGA champion Collin Morikawa won’t play the weekend. Golf Central Scheffler (59) cards golf’s magic number again BY Ryan Lavner — August 21, 2020 at 2:36 PM For the second time this summer, Scottie Scheffler carded golf’s magic number. This one actually counted, though, for the second-youngest to record a 59 on the PGA Tour. Still, Johnson saw Scheffler’s 59 pop up on one of the electronic leaderboards scattered throughout the course but wasn’t fazed. “That’s a good score,” Johnson said, and then he nearly rendered it a footnote. Johnson started birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle-birdie. He was 9 under through his first eight holes. He was 11 under through 11. “A 59 didn’t even seem like a question there for a while,” said playing partner Marc Leishman. “It was the easiest 11 under through 11 that you could think of.” But even one of golf’s most unflappable players admittedly began to feel the heat. He’d never shot 59 before. Not even at home. The Northern Trust: Full-field scores | Full coverage Current FedExCup points standings “Trying to shoot 59, you can definitely feel it,” he said. “I knew I was leading also. Coming down the stretch, you maybe put a little more pressure on yourself because you want to make those birdies or make those putts.” As an established member of the 59 club, Justin Thomas could relate: “It’s so much pressure, because you don’t know if and when you’re ever going to have that chance again.” So, Johnson pressed. On 12, he needed to make an 8-foot comebacker for par. He missed birdie tries inside 20 feet on Nos. 13 and 14. He drove into some tangled rough on 15, eliminating any chance for birdie. His tee shot on the short 16th blasted through a stiff right-to-left wind and stopped on the top tier, 40 feet away. And on 17? His 10-footer for birdie bled over the right lip but stayed out. Grill Room Golf’s lowest rounds: 58s and 59s on Tour A gallery of the lowest rounds ever recorded across professional tours. Frustrating, sure. Disappointing, maybe. But surely Johnson would capitalize on the par-5 finisher, no? After all, the hole played only 541 yards on Friday, straight downwind, and a player of Johnson’s immense length would require only a 3-wood off the tee to leave himself a mid-iron into the green. Except Johnson pulled driver – “Just didn’t really think about (3-wood), honestly,” he said – and hit a chippy fade that bounded through the end of the fairway and into tallish rough, the ball well below his feet. An automatic layup. An up-and-down from 75 yards would still give him a 59 … and yet Johnson failed to carry the ridge and left himself 24 feet. Two putts later, a 60. Cue the sympathy applause. “Anytime you shoot a number like that, you’re never going to be disappointed,” he said. “I definitely feel like the game is in good form, and I need to come out tomorrow and do the same thing.” Walking toward the clubhouse, Johnson turned to his left and saw Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “You want to keep going?” Monahan said. “I’m good,” Johnson said, smiling. “I’m tired.” Plenty more work remains this weekend.
The Academy hooker is named among the replacements, as England face Grand Slam champions Ireland at CRAI Club – Santa Fe, before taking on Italy on June 8th and Oceania champions Australia on June 12th.This year’s Championship will see a World Rugby trial, with all 28 squad members available to be used as one of the eight permitted replacements on matchday.“The key element is that we are playing the side that won the U20 Six Nations, so we know it is going to be a big challenge and we have got to be right at the top of our game,” said Bates.”We have to be accurate, we have to be patient and understand that if we don’t play to the best of our ability then this will be a very tough game and even if we do, we realise it will still be tight.“The players are in really good shape, having now spent a fair amount of time with each other they have gelled extremely well and look to be a tight group and we hope that will translate to a good performance on Tuesday.“A big factor for us is going to be the experience of our pack, a lot have played in the Premiership already, they have played a lot at U20 level and also in this tournament so they are battle hardened. Having said that we are not going to play a game dominated by our pack because we have some very exciting and talented backs but we recognise up front will be an area where we can exert some pressure.“Fraser is another seasoned campaigner, having also played in this tournament last year and he’s played some senior Premiership rugby as well so has developed well as a player over the past six months.”He is extremely level headed, has an astute rugby brain and is well respected by the other players so he is an obvious choice for us to be captain and along with the rest of our leadership group we expect them to contribute at key times and in key moments.” England U20s v Ireland: 15. Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), 14. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), 13. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints) – captain, 12. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), 11. Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby), 10. Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 9. Ollie Fox (Bath Rugby); 1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), 2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), 6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 8. Tom Willis (Wasps) Replacements: 16. Alfie Barbeary (Wasps) – Bloxham School, 17. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 18. Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), 19. Will Capon (Bristol Bears), 20. James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs), 21. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), 22. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), 23. Josh Basham (Newcastle Falcons), 24. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), 25. Luke James (Sale Sharks), 26. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), 27. Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), 28. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons).England U20 fixtures 4 June: England U20s v Ireland U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms. 8 June: England U20s v Italy U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms. 12 June: England U20s v Australia U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms. Knockout stages on Monday, 17 June and finals day on Saturday, 22 June, live on ITV.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Jimmy Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in English conditions taking 5-20 as England bowled out India for a miserly 107 on the second day of the second test at Lord’s. After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat.Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling.It was the sixth time that Anderson has produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 test wickets at the famous London venue. For much of the day, thanks again to the weather, it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around.In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow.After a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately. When play resumed, seamer Chris Woakes, brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is at a court hearing in Bristol, got the prize wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli for 23 leaving the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the series, at 49 for four.Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad.Anderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians – and secured his five wicket performance – by removing Ishant Sharma. “I would be so disappointed if I had messed up today because they were ideal conditions to bowl in. For me I find it so much fun when it is like that,” said Anderson. “You do not get conditions like that much in England anymore with the ball doing that much in the air or off the pitch.“When we bowl like that we would bowl most teams out in the world, we were that good. When you build pressure all day no matter who you are it is difficult,” he said.Both teams had made changes from the first test with India making two changes from Edgbaston and opting for a twin spin bowling attack. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining Ashwin in the slow bowling department.