Record rains three years ago broke California’s multi-year drought leaving the state with full reservoirs and a snowpack that supported skiing well into summer. But that respite from years of hot, dry weather may prove short-lived, according to research recently published in the journal Science. “The American West, including California, has been in the midst of a prolonged drought since the beginning of the century — one on par with only four mega-droughts experienced over the past 1,200 years and one capable of causing major social upheaval.”



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