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Friday, January 24, 2014

What The Drought Means For California And U.S.

The San Gabriel River passes over mud in the dry upper reaches of San Gabriel Reservoir in the Angeles National Forest on January 22, 2014 in near Azusa, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The San Gabriel River passes over mud in the dry upper reaches of San Gabriel Reservoir in the Angeles National Forest on January 22, 2014 in near Azusa, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

California is entering its third year of drought. That water shortage was a big topic in Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address this week.

“Right now it is imperative that we do everything possible to mitigate the effects of the drought,” he said. “I’ve convened an interagency drought task force and declared a state of emergency. … We need everyone in every part of the state to conserve water.”

He said it’s what California must do to “get through this drought and get ready for the next one.”

Brad Rippey, an agriculture meteorologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss how the drought is affecting California and the U.S. as a whole.

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  • Brad Rippey, agriculture meteorologist for the USDA.

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