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Susana Martinez

Get ready for the new normal: dry and drier

Get ready for the new normal: dry and drier

California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and "dude," wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large dark bruise spreading across the state on the U.S. Drought Monitor map is a preview of a bone-dry world to come. Admittedly, recent summer rains have somewhat dulled the edge of this "exceptional" California drought, now in its fourth year. Full recovery, however, would require about a foot of rain statewide between now and January, a veritable deluge for places like Fresno,...

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