What We Read Today 07 December 2014

December 7th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

Intro 07 dec 2014

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California needs more rain, any way you count it (Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times) After two days of rain dumped from 1.5" to 3" of rain across much of California, the state has two things to show for it:  Mud slides and a continuing drought.  Much more rain is needed - click Read more >> to find out how much.

Follow up:

How much precipitation do we need to end the drought? (Matt Stevens and Raoul Ranoa, Los Angeles Times)  If ground water is the measure, one amount of rain is needed to end the drought.  If water supply needs are used much more rainfall is required.  Click on image below for infographic at the LA Times explaining the different criteria.


El Niño may be getting too much credit for California rainfall (Hector Becerra and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times)  Some El Nino factors may have been involved in this week's heavy rains in drought stricken California, but meteorologists are saying causation is not a factor that can be proven.  For weekly tracking of the latest El Nino prospects and global climate and weather data in general, see GEI News reports every Tuesday by climate econiomist Sig Silber.



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