The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
As California contemplates the possibility of a fourth dry year, DWR hosted its seventh annual Winter Outlook Workshop November 20 - 21 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Michael Anderson and Jeanine Jones of DWR teamed up with nationally known scientists to discuss improvements in forecasting seasonal precipitation to facilitate drought preparedness and response. One of the most promising approaches for improving seasonal predictions is to develop the ability to forecast the large atmospheric river storms that provide much of California’s water supply. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center calls for wetter than average conditions in California in December.
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