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Hot Droughts: Stanford Study Links Drought And Global Warming

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Ezra David Romero
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Valley Public Radio

California is now in the fourth year of its on-going drought, and this winter’s meager snowpack has water experts worried, thanks to remarkably warm temperatures. But scientists at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment say that in just a few decades, this severe condition could be the new norm, thanks to climate change.

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Credit Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
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Study co-authors Noah Diffenbaugh (l) and Daniel Swain (r) at Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment

  Their new study examining the link between drought and global warming was released last week, and it predicts that by the year 2040 all of California’s droughts will be so-called “hot droughts” thanks to rising global temperatures associated with climate change.

Co-author Daniel Swain joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the study and what it means for the Golden State.

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Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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