"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.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
Sacramento city council voted in favor of a proposal that makes some drought watering restrictions permanent.
Tuesday marks the start of a shortened commercial salmon fishing season in the waters off San Francisco. A smaller salmon population is one effect of the drought that could persist for years.
A wealth of weather and climate data and the jobs of the scientists who analyze it may be at risk under President Trump’s budget proposal.
The Central Sierra Nevada snowpack this year is larger than the previous four years combined, according to new data from NASA.