Daniel Swain Quoted in The Los Angeles Times: Rainfall in February looks bleak. Is California heading for another drought?
Swaths of Southern California, including downtown Los Angeles, could be heading toward one of the driest combined starts to a year on record if the Golden State doesn’t start getting some rain, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Historically in California, it takes two years of significantly below-normal rainfall to create a drought, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The likelihood is that this winter will end up being dry,” Swain said. “If we have another dry winter, we would be in a significant drought, but we won’t quite be there this year.”