"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.
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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