"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.
California is experiencing one of its wettest winters in years. But farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley still won’t receive a full supply of water from the federal Central Valley Project.
Some farmers who rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project may receive more water than they’ve had in several years. Others will have to wait until mid-March to find out what their allocations will be.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has voted to continue its drought emergency while other counties are looking at lifting conservation measures.
A UC Santa Cruz study finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years.
Today's Sierra snowpack survey has scientists with the California Department of Water Resources optimistic about the state's water supply.