California is Parched

January, 2014

DeathValley.ai[5]California just finished the driest year on record.  So dry, that Death Valley got more rain (2.17”) than the agricultural regions of Paso Robles (1.92”) and Hanford (1.99”).  After two straight years of dry weather, California’s reservoirs are below 40% of capacity with Folsom Lake in the Sacramento area being only 19% of capacity.  Unfortunately, 2014 is not shaping up well either.  There is a stubbornly strong atmospheric high-pressure system sitting over the eastern north Pacific Ocean, which is diverting the jet stream, and storm track, north into Canada.  Without wet weather during our rain and snow season of November – March, the draught will have a significant impact on the state’s agricultural growers.  It won’t just affect California…more than half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts are grown in California.

Read more about the draught and its affect on agriculture here.