Where is the "global warming" we hear so much about? It certainly isn't present in the rest of the U.S., where they're having it much colder (and snowier) than normal. But the West Coast and California seem to be experiencing it.


Regarding my "Desert Studies" column of Dec. 10, the one where I predicted the possibility of an El Niņo winter and/or spring, I mentioned that temperatures were lower than average for 2013. But that was for January to September (winter 2012/13 through summer 2013). At that time, temps were averaging about one to one-half degrees below normal. Since then, however, they have resumed normalcy, with fall 2013 being normal and overall temps for the year 2013 just a half degree below normal.


We've had a much warmer than usual winter 2013/14, and spring seems to be continuing that trend. Temps in winter (January to March) were averaging four degrees higher than normal.


The El Niņo: it's definitely still a possibility during the spring (April to June), but it hasn't shown up yet. We only had .94 inches in the fall, where we average 2.25 inches. And in all of 2013, we only had 4.17 inches, whereas normal is 7.49. And winter 2014 (2013/14) totals were only 1.41, when normal should be 4.11. The Weather Service states that the Mojave Desert is in a "moderate drought," whereas the rest of the State of California is in the "severe drought."


The Hesperia Water District says we're okay. So don't be alarmed. But do conserve, and anticipate an El Niņo maybe in our future.