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California Drought in Pictures

 

Statewide Rain Average:  4 Inches of Rain in Last 13 Months

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

California has seen its share of droughts, but — at least in recent years — it hasn’t seen something like this.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency last week, shortly after it was revealed that 2013 was the state’s driest year in recorded history.  San Francisco saw a low record-shattering 5.59 inches of rain– compared to the previous low record of 9 inches– while dry Los Angeles saw just 3.6 inches of precipitation in all of 2013.

To make matters worse, there isn’t a drop of rain in sight.  Right now, with snow and freezing temperatures battering the rest of the country, the forecast was a sunny 77 degrees in Los Angeles.

While those bundled and shivering on the East Coast might have little sympathy for the Golden State’s January summer-like beach weather, take a look at what the drought has done to the water supply across our state:

 

A bathtub ring around the San Gabriel Reservoir in the Angeles National Forest reveals the low water level

 

Girls walk on rocks that normally make up the water’s edge at Folsom Lake

 

Forestry experts feared the drought would prime the Sierra Nevada mountain range for a major fire, a prediction that sadly came to fruition during the devastating Rim Fire that burned through hundreds of acres of Yosemite National Park

 

This month’s Colby Fire, which destroyed several Southern California homes, was also worsened by the drought.  Drought conditions and an early season is a predictor of the worst forest and wildland fires expected on state record.

 

Signs opposing California lawmakers — seen by some as responsible for worsening drought conditions with legislation — are common in the inland Central Valley and display the increasing tension over water rights in the state

 

A fish washed ashore on the banks of Folsom Lake

 

Governor Jerry Brown compares satellite photos of the Sierra Nevada snow pack from 2013 and 2014 at a press conference to declare the state in a drought emergency

 

Researchers at the Department of Water Resources look over a meadow that is usually covered in snow during the final survey of the 2012/2013 season in May

 

Researchers at the Department of Water Resources measure snow levels near Echo Summit in January, 2014. The readings showed the water content in the snowpack was at 20 percent of average for this time of year

 

The drought isn’t limited to California: the low water level can be seen at Hoover Dam in Nevada, as well

 

Conditions are expected to worsen further as officials apprehensively monitor the state’s water resources

 

 

It’s not looking pretty anywhere. 

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Who says climate change isn’t happening?

(Via Huffington Post/Discover/Yahoo News)

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