Water Year 2022 completes the third year of the current drought, which is the third record-setting multi-year drought of the 21st century. The year was marked by a number of extremes from a category 5 atmospheric river in October to an extraordinarily wet December that transitioned to a record setting dry stretch with the new calendar year. As summer has progressed record setting features of the Southwest Monsoon appeared with notable impacts at Death Valley. As water year 2023 kicks off, expectations are for a third year of La Nina conditions to be present in the eastern tropical Pacific. The talk will review water year 2022 and compare facets of it to past years and then look ahead to set expectations for water year 2023.\
About the Speaker:
Michael Anderson is the State Climatologist for California, a collaborative position between the State and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, to provide climate data services for California. He also manages the State's Atmospheric River Research Program.