By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
POSTED: 10/02/14, 5:43 PM PDT
Studies show the state’s severe drought is made worse by rising air temperatures — a secondary and often overlooked factor that is depleting reservoir levels through increased evaporation and accelerating outdoor water use among homeowners.
Scientists from some of the top universities in the state gave their report on the drought Tuesday to about 340 attendees at the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum in Pomona, news that water managers called “depressing” but important for helping Southern California better plan for more heat and drought but also more wildfires, earthquakes and even floods.
“We will see climate that takes us beyond the envelope of what we’ve seen, according to climate model projections,” said Dan Cayan, a marine physicist with Scripps Institute of Oceanography and an expert in western weather patterns.