From Drought to Floods
For the past several years, California has been experiencing dry, arid weather, with wildfires, drought, and extreme heat becoming the new norm. The drought conditions were marked by an alarming depletion of reservoirs and an increase in wildfires. With record heatwaves exacerbating the already arid conditions, the state faced a severe water crisis, compelling authorities to impose strict water usage restrictions. The parched landscape also fueled numerous wildfires, leading to destruction of habitats, loss of life, and extensive property damage.
The winter of 2022-2023, however, has proven to be quite change. It was characterized by several large-scale weather patterns that generated historical levels of precipitation and cold temperatures. The primary cause was the persistent jet-stream over the Pacific Ocean, which ushered in a succession of atmospheric rivers, creating powerful storms across the state. These systems produced periods of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, snow, and freezing temperatures.