California's historic drought is expected to reverberate across the country.
Some of the possible effects include higher prices for produce and other food, according to AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant.
The short-term forecast calls for a chance of rain in Southern California, but that won't resolve the long-term problem, AccuWeather said.
There's a sliver of good news on the horizon.
A weak El Niño appears to be developing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
When this happens, ocean temperatures warm and this helps pump moisture into the southern United States. Rain isn't guaranteed, but conditions are much more promising than they would be absent an El Niño.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and related agencies have put together a primer on the drought.