California Looking at Drought Declaration

Well, it’s been nice to have clear, dry weather in November and December in the Bay Area but another name for clear and dry is drought, which we are on the verge of.

After an unusually dry start to the rainy season, two California lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, sent a letter to the governor’s office this week, saying the state is facing a third consecutive year of scant rainfall that could deplete reservoirs and leave farmers without enough water to grow their crops.

Climate forecasters have said the chances of a wet winter in California are slim. The Department of Water Resources released a winter forecast last month that called for “mostly dry conditions.”

Since the start of the rain year July 1, San Francisco has received 2.09 inches, barely one-third of the average to date.

SF Gate

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