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California Drought Intensifies

Posted by feww on January 30, 2014



Worsening Drought in California Prompts Significant Livestock Sell Off 

California is currently experiencing its worst drought on record. In 2013 California experienced its driest year since records began 120 years ago.

  • Many California reservoirs are at their lowest levels in years.
  • The snow cover is less than 20 percent of the normal at this time of year.
  • Lake Shasta, the state’s largest reservoir is holding just over a third of its full capacity,  down from the normal of more than a half at this time of year, according to officials.

‘Extreme’ and ‘Exceptional Drought’ levels are plaguing California, threatening at least 17 communities with water famine.

Gov. Brown Declared Drought State of Emergency earlier this month amid worst dry conditions in 119 years

Brown had earlier described the drought as being “really serious,” adding that 2014 could be California’s third consecutive dry year. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought.”

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California Drought Map. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

California Drought Conditions

“Drought and relatively mild temperatures continue to prevail across the state. In the northwestern part of California, a 1-category degradation from severe to extreme drought (D2 to D3) was made across Humboldt and Trinity Counties. The Central Sierra Snow Lab near the Donner Summit reports 8 inches of snow on the ground, the lowest for this time in January since at least 1946. In the general vicinity of Monterey to Bakersfield, conditions warranted a 1-category downgrade, from extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4). A few of the impacts within the D4 area include fallowing of land, wells running dry, municipalities considering drilling deeper wells, and little to no rangeland grasses for cattle to graze on, prompting significant livestock sell off.” —US Drought Monitor

Drought Comparison Table

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California Drought Comparison Table (Percent Area). Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

Summary of Drought Impact (Weekly)

  • The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has urged its customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent
  • At least 17 California water systems with 60 to 120 days’ worth of water left
  • The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area near Los Alamos, New Mexico closed due to lack of snow
  • Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma urged all citizens to conserve water
  • Feds could seize San Luis Reservoir water belonging to San Joaquin Valley farmers in California affecting Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties
  • Cachuma Lake, a crystalline mountain resource, is vanishing
  • Wheat not fully emerged in Hardeman County, Texas
  • Farmers in Dawson County, Texas were not hopeful about the upcoming growing season
  • Dry windy weather in much of Texas has stressed winter forages
  • The Marin Municipal Water District in California urged its customers to begin voluntarily trimming their water use by 25 percent
  • Zone 7 Water Agency in Alameda County, California urged 20 percent water conservation
  • The Alameda County Water District in California urged customers to voluntarily cut their water use by 20 percent
  • The Santa Clara Valley Water District planned to vote on whether to adopt additional water conservation measures
  • Los Angeles, California, dormant vegetation leading to brush fires
  • California almonds slightly smaller in 2013
  • Voluntary water restrictions urged in Elk Grove, California

[Source: US Drought Monitor]

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2 Responses to “California Drought Intensifies”

  1. Jim said

    The suppression of information contained in this blog somehow reminds me of a “joke” about a “tattooed pilgrim” [the state of California,] who was repeatedly stabbed to death by his “friends” [google, wordpress, nsa and others,] in order to prevent the irate natives [climate change] from using his skin to decorate canoes.

    Hope this is not too inappropriate.

    • feww said

      inappropriate? heck no! unusual? perhaps!
      here’s an equally challenging “punchline” to go with that:
      the jury found the defendants guilty of murder one because canoes were no longer being made due to the severe drought!

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