National Weather Forecast
On Easter Sunday, the best chance of some precipitation during the daytime hours will be from some rain and snow in the Northwest and a few showers across Texas. Heading into Sunday Night, some storms will be possible in the Upper Midwest, with rain and snow across Maine.
Most areas that see rain through Monday evening will see under an inch fall. Some light snow will be possible across Maine, but up to a foot will be possible across portions of the Cascades and the northern Rockies.
Sierra snowpack at 59% but ‘next few weeks will be critical’ for California water officials
More from the Sacramento Bee: “California water officials on Thursday reported the statewide snowpack is just 59% of average for this time of year as the state continues to experience one of the driest years on record. It’s the second straight year of low numbers, after the Department of Water Resources recorded a reading of 53% on April 1 a year ago. The back-to-back low measurements could mean the return of summer drought conditions and water-use restrictions for the first time since 2016. The April 1 survey is typically the most important of the year, when the snowpack is the deepest and has the highest snow-water content. It also marks the end of the wet season for California and is a key indicator for water supply.”
Drought worsens, limited irrigation expected for parts of Texas
More from AgriLife Today: “Parts of the state are in dire need of soil saturating rains and runoff to replenish reservoirs and aquifers as planting season nears, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Row crop producers in drought-stricken parts of the state are pre-watering fields with the hope crops can establish and timely rains will improve growing conditions, according to AgriLife Extension agents and reports. But there are concerns that irrigation, and in some areas limited or restricted irrigation due to below-normal water levels, may not be enough.”
A Fifth of Food-Output Growth Has Been Lost to Climate Change
More from Bloomberg Green: “Climate change has been holding back food production for decades, with a new study showing that about 21% of growth for agricultural output was lost since the 1960s. That’s equal to losing the last seven years of productivity growth, according to research led by Cornell University and published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study was funded by a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The revelation comes as the United Nations’ World Food Programme warns of a “looming catastrophe” with about 34 million people globally on the brink of famine. The group has cited climate change as a major factor contributing to the sharp increase in hunger around the world. Food inflation is also on the rise as farmers deal with the impact of extreme weather at a time of robust demand.”
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