"Over the last three years the storm track has primarily been pushed to the north due to the persistent high pressure. We don't exactly know why that's happening but it seems to be a dominant part of our current climate system."
As a result of that high pressure system, this marks the third-straight year of below normal precipitation.
Northern Nevada's largest water source is the snow pack from the Sierra Nevada, which is currently about 20% of normal.
Boyle says so far there have been no adverse impacts to Nevada's municipal water supply systems...
"But we are seeing quite a bit of significant impacts to the agriculture, wildfire and wildlife."
Alfalfa is Nevada's largest crop. In 2012, the state produced more than a million tons, worth about $200 million.
Meanwhile, the Nevada Department of Public Safety announced today that the Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for small, nonfarm businesses impacted by the drought.
Overall water use decreased again in September compared to last year in the Sacramento region. Water providers are also pumping less groundwater, despite a heavier reliance on it in the drought.
If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies just as California is leading the way with initiatives for renewable energy and climate change.
A winter forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Thursday shows the California drought may persist or intensify in parts of the state.