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The unusually dry winters and springs have plagued parts of the west with severe drought. The good news is that precipitation is approaching, but the bad news is that future plans are not enough to alleviate concerns about long-term droughts and wildfires, according to AccuWeather forecasters. California Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in two counties of Northern California during a drought emergency while standing on the dry bottom of Lake Mendocino amid growing concerns about ongoing dryness, according to the Associated Press. Declared. The urgent declaration covers Mendocino and Sonoma counties, but Newsom said a larger drought declaration could be issued in the coming weeks. Lake Mendocino is a large reservoir located about 150 miles northwest of Sacramento. According to AP, the lake is currently only 40% of its normal capacity. Apart from the drought emergency declaration, Newsom ordered state agencies to take immediate action to strengthen drought resilience and prepare for impacts on communities, businesses and ecosystems. “California faces the familiar reality of a drought situation, and we know the importance of taking early action to anticipate and mitigate the most serious consequences possible,” Newsom said in a statement. There are. ” Governor of California Gavin Newsom stands in the arid region of Lake Mendocino on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Photo / Governor of California) Almost 50% of California is in extreme drought and 85% is in severe drought, according to US drought monitors. The lack of rain and mountain snow is exacerbated by the warmer temperatures this month. “We’ve recently challenged or exceeded record highs, but total rainfall is only a fraction of normal,” said Mike Le Seney, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. Drought in California as of April 23, 2021. In April, California usually experiences much less rainfall than the previous month. Further north, April is usually still a fairly rainy month. Seattle, for example, usually rains 2.71 inches in April. However, it has only rained 0.27 inches this month and has not rained since April 9. Further south, it’s raining even less in Portland, Oregon. The average rainfall in the city in April is 2.73 inches, but so far it has rained only 0.09 inches. Click here for the free Accuweather app Although it was dry this month, it rained enough on the northwest coast the previous month to minimize drought. This was not the case further south and east. Downtown Los Angeles received traces of rain in February, which is far from the usual 3.80 inches. It is generally less than an inch in April and has not rained so far. Short-term changes in patterns will occur in the west this weekend and early next week. “A series of storm systems targeting the Pacific Northwest offers the possibility of rain and cool weather, so this weekend and next week we’ll have some rest from the risk of wildfires,” Le Seney said. Precipitation initially targets the northwestern part of Saturday, but rain and snow potential extends to Oregon and California by Sunday and Monday. This could provide the first measurable rainfall since March in California cities such as Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. However, there are some caveats. “This is certainly good news for the fire brigade, but unfortunately rain is not enough to overcome the tremendous shortage of rainfall,” Le Seny said. As precipitation moves to much of Nevada, it can rain and snow. However, precipitation is not expected to be very high. The worst drought conditions are currently concentrated in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. After a few days of dryness in the middle and late next week, another rainy opportunity may come in the beginning of May. “There are signs that the southward swell of the jet stream continues to develop over the Pacific Ocean, turning towards the west coast,” said AccuWeather’s long-range meteorologist Paul Pastelok. Pastelok said the pattern was not consistent enough to make a definitive call for the frequency of rain and snow that would affect the west. The lack of rain and snow in the second half of the season will have even more impact in the future. The dry conditions brought little new vegetation growth this spring in California, including around the Santa Cruz Mountains. This raises expert concerns that another dangerous wildfire season may come, especially as drier fuels for wildfires can mean more volatile wildfire behavior. I will. Wadel spoke to Craig Clements of the San Jose State University Fire Meteorological Research Institute. Researchers at San Jose State University recently discovered that vegetation samples have the lowest moisture levels in 10 years. “That’s one of the things we expect, and these plants will probably be in crisis in July, not in October or September,” Clements told Wadel. “Early in the season, there can be bigger fires than if there were many rainy years.” California in May tends to have little rain, even in the northern regions. On average, Los Angeles and San Diego pick up 0.12 inches of rain, 0.47 inches in San Francisco and 0.68 inches in Sacramento. The central and northern parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains tend to squeeze an average of 1.07 inches of water in May on Lake Tahoe, California. “The revival of warmer and drier weather will again pose a high risk of wildfires as we head into the summer,” Le Seney warned. Keep checking AccuWeather.com and keep an eye out for DirecTV, Frontier, Spectrum, FuboTV, Philo, and Verizon Fios’ AccuWeather networks.