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
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tonight may be the night one lucky person wins one of the largest jackpots in the history of the Mega Millions lottery.The lottery game’s jackpot grew to a whopping $512 million after Friday’s drawing yielded no winners of the top prize. One lucky ticket holder might be the recipient of that windfall today, when the drawing takes place at 11 pm ET.The grand prize is the fifth largest ever for the game and the eleventh largest in U.S. history, a Mega Millions official told ABC News.But if you do win the jackpot and want your prize money in cash immediately, that amount won’t necessarily all be yours. You’ll be taking home a far smaller but still impressive sum of $303.4 million – before taxes.To take home the entire $512 million, you’ll have to be a little more patient, and choose the annuity payments option – one immediate payment, and then annual graduated payments for 29 years, the official said.Earlier this year, two other Mega Millions winners made history – with one winning a prize of $451 million in January and another winning $533 million in April.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
In 2nd season, Brooks’ transition outdoors improvesAlena Brooks faltered in the outdoor season her freshman year, but has already set a school record in the 400-meter as a sophomore.Photo courtesy Gopher Sports Dane MizutaniApril 12, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAlena Brooks said she wasnâÄôt feeling well prior to the 400-meter dash at the Jim Click Shootout two weekends ago.But an ailing Brooks would not be stopped.When the gun sounded, Brooks shot out of the starting blocks and raced ahead of the pack. She crossed the finish line in a speedy 53.55 seconds âÄî a new school record.âÄúI was pretty shocked that I broke the record,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúWe had a really tough week of training âÄî I was pretty shocked, but it felt good.âÄùThis feeling resonated throughout the team.âÄúEveryone was really excited for her,âÄù head coach Matt Bingle said. âÄúShe is ranked pretty high in the nation with that time this early in the season. Any time you get a school record, that is a nice thing to put on your rÃ©sumÃ©.âÄùBrooksâÄô performance in Tucson, Ariz. may have been the highlight of her career with the Gophers.During the indoor season of her freshman year, Brooks finished as the Big Ten runner-up in the 600-meter but faltered somewhat in the outdoor season.Bingle said this falling off in the outdoor season last year was not a testament to her skills as a runner.âÄúIndoors she had a great season and helped the team quite a bit,âÄù he said. âÄúJust outdoors she got fatigued and worn out from being away from home.âÄùBrooks hails from Diego Martin, Trinidad, and before her stint with the Gophers she competed at the international level with Trinidad and Tobago. Running at the2010 CARIFTA Games, Brooks captured a silver medal in the 800-meter and another silver medal in the 4×400-meter relay.Brooks predominantly ran the 800-meter event as a freshman but has recently started to branch into others. Bingle said he is extremely impressed with BrooksâÄô versatility as a runner.âÄúThere are not a lot of people who can run the anchor leg of the 4×100-meter, run the 800-meter in the time she runs it in and then run the 400-meter,âÄù he said.In her second year with the team, Brooks attributes this early-season success to her off-season training.âÄúIn the off-season I worked most on my speed. That helped me a lot,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúI have that endurance because I run the 800-meter as well, so [improving] my speed really helped me the most.âÄùThis improvement in her repertoire has already been displayed in competition through in the first three meets of the season.âÄúI have already improved a lot,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúI had almost a second off of my 400-meter and last weekend I also ran a [personal best] in the 800-meter, so it just shows I am much stronger right now than I was last year.âÄùBrooks noted her year-to-year progression with the team, but knows she still has a great deal of room to improve.âÄúI feel pretty confident, but I know I still have a lot of work to do,âÄù she said. âÄúI still feel confident and feel like I can do some pretty good things.âÄùBingle agrees, but said her evolution is dependent on her work ethic.âÄúItâÄôs totally in her court and she has a ton of potential,âÄù he said. âÄúIâÄôm excited for this season and the next few years for her to mature as a runner. She has no ceiling in my mind.âÄùAside from her development as an athlete, Brooks said a lot of her motivation to succeed with the Gophers stems from her mother.âÄúIâÄôm the last child and my older brother and sister arenâÄôt very successful and I know she works so hard,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúI just strive to make her proud âÄî at least one of her children is doing well. I know no matter what I do she will always proud of me.âÄù