Too Many People Making The Problem Worse
December in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of Northern California had one of the wettest Decembers on record.
Then, we moved into January and the rains all ended. For the month of January, the total amount of rainfall in the Bay Area and Sacramento was...zip, zero, nada.
This is the first time on record that no measurable rainfall dropped on the Bay Area for a month.
According to the San Jose Mercury News:
For the first time ever, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento have recorded no rainfall for the month of January -- nada drop.
San Jose has received a record-low .02 inches, and no rain is forecast for at least a week.
Adding more ominous news to California's historic drought, the Bay Area's rainy season has swung from boom to bust, with the month of January wrapping up as the driest on record.
"Dismally meager," is how the state Department of Water Resources on Thursday described the precious Sierra snowpack, which has plummeted statewide to 25 percent of its average for this time of year.February is generally the wettest month of the year. Hopefully, we will have a normal or above-normal month of rainfall.
California is having a tough time with this drought. We've had others before, but we've never had such an explosion in population growth. There's just too many people here and the state is trying to bring in more "water-sucking" people (according to the People's Republic of California blog).
It has gotten so bad in Southern California, that it seems that the weekend freeway traffic in L.A. is worse than during work days.
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