Drought, Deluge and Wavenumber-5

Spring Road Clearing in Lassen National Park, Photo by National Park Service

A recent study links long dry spell and heavy rains to the same climatological phenomenon: Wavenumber-5.

Parched Like Never Before

Don't worry. This isn't a Santa Cruz County image ... yet. Photo by Jussarian/Creative Commons.

In case you haven't picked up on this, 2013 was the driest year on record in Santa Cruz County. And there's no rain in sight.