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|September 25, 2017|
Climate: Could California become wetter?
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A new analysis of climate forecasting models show most of California becoming wetter the rest of the century, but not the southern part of the state.
Scientists at UC Riverside predict precipitation increasing 15.2% in Central California and 14.1% in Northern California. Southern California, however, would decrease by 3.3 percent.
They reasoned that warming sea surface temperatures in the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean would encourage a southeastward shift of the jet stream, thus steering more rain-producing mid-latitude weather systems toward California.
Overall, the state could get a 12 percent increase in precipitation by 2100.
The researchers analyzed 38 climate models developed around the world to arrive at their conclusions.
Story Date: July 17, 2017