California’s anglers probably aren’t dancing in the streets when they read that we’re heading for the driest calendar year in recorded history (they certainly aren’t dancing in the rain).
From the SF Chronicle:
Thirsty California may get a smidgen of rain this coming week, but it is not likely to change what, so far, has been the driest calendar year in recorded history.
No rain at all fell in San Francisco in October and only 3.95 inches has fallen since Jan. 1, the smallest amount of precipitation to date since record keeping began 164 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.
Piled on top of a whole laundry list of water woes (precipitous declines in groundwater levels throughout the state due to overpumping, empty reservoirs and ongoing legal battles over water), it’s not happy reading.