Orange County Breeze
News of Northwest Orange County, CA




Community

April 8, 2014
 

Yes, California is still in a drought

More articles by »
Written by: shelley
Tags: , , ,
Printer-friendly version of this post Printer-friendly version of this post
Map of drought conditions in California as of April 1, 2014. Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor.

Just in case you thought that the recent handful of sprinkle-filled days made a dent in the drought: no, they didn’t.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor for California, as of April 1 not a single acre of the Golden State was any wetter than “abnormally dry” — that’s the teensy bit of yellow in the extreme southeast in the map (below and featured) created by David Simeral at the Western Regional Climate Center.

Most of the state rates at best “severe drought” and a big chunk of the center of the state is in the pits at “exceptional.”

In this case, you don’t want to be exceptional.

That represents twenty-three percent of the land area of Crispy California. Another sixty-nine percent is rated “extreme.”

Orange County falls in the extreme category.

That’s a cheerful thought to keep in mind while running the water into the bath tub, or considering whether to install fake grass. (So-called “artificial turf” can actually look pretty darned good these days, especially when you stake out your latest water bill to burn in the noon-day sun.)

Some cities — like Cypress — are considering amending local ordinances against artificial turf to allow residents relief from the tyranny of irrigating their lawn. Be sure to check with city staff regarding whether you are allowed under current ordinances to install artificial turf to replace the dead brown scraggle that your neighbors are either furious about, or envious of, or both.

According to Brad Rippey, meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist, “California remained a drought focus during March, despite periods of rain and snow,” Rippey said. “The March precipitation offered some short-term benefits, such as aiding rain-fed crops, temporarily easing irrigation demands, and adding some water to drought-lowered reservoirs. However, California still faces a summer of reductions in water allocations, as the cumulative effects of the three-year drought on surface- and ground-water supplies continue to mount. During the four weeks ending April 1, California’s coverage of extreme to exceptional (D3-D4) drought increased slightly from 66 to 69 percent.”

Map of drought conditions in California as of April 1, 2014. Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor.

Map of drought conditions in California as of April 1, 2014. Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor.

Featured photo

Map of drought conditions in California as of April 1, 2014. Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor.

Enhanced by Zemanta


About the Author

shelley
Shelley Henderson is a reformed computer and networking geek turned freelance writer. Now she only fixes her own networks and computers. That leaves time for writing, and writing and more writing. And editing the Orange County Breeze. Shelley most enjoys visiting and finding out about local businesses to write business profiles that allow our communities to learn more about their local businesses and the people who own and run them. If you own or manage a business in our coverage area and would like to invite Shelley to write a business profile, let us know.



Subscribe to our daily morning email news update!
 
 

 
courtroom-diary

Courtroom Diary: The People vs. Steven Matthew LeClaire, Day 9

Testimony in the matter of The People vs. Steven Matthew LeClaire (Case Number 11ZF0126) concluded on Wednesday, July 30, at the Orange County Superior Court Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. LeClaire is accused of two count...
by Katie
0

 
 
Anaheim Police Department shoulder patch. Courtesy graphic.

Anaheim PD planning DUI checkpoint tonight

The Anaheim Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on August 01, 2014, at the 500 block of North Magnolia Ave. between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI ch...
by courtesy
0

 
 
power-outages

Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Friday, Aug. 1

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following power outages: Brea, Redtail Dr.: Started at 7:52 p.m. on July 31. The cause is being analyzed. Edison crews are working to restore power to 19 customer...
by cehwiedel
0

 

Subscribe to our daily overnight news summary!

 
2014 Legislative Mixer. Graphic courtesy of Cypress Chamber of Commerce.

Save the date: Legislative Networking Mixer coming Aug. 22

The Legislative Action Committee of West Orange County (LACWOC) presents the Legislative Networking Mixer on Friday, August 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. There are sponsorship opportunitie...
by courtesy
0

 
 
courtroom-diary

Courtroom Diary: The People vs. Steven Matthew LeClaire, Day 8

The matter of The People vs. Steven Matthew LeClaire (Case Number 11ZF0126) continued on Tuesday, July 29, at the Orange County Superior Court Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. LeClaire is accused of two counts of attempted ...
by Katie
0