29 Jan '14, 9pm

California Facing Worst Drought on Record

California Facing Worst Drought on Record

The most populated state in the country is facing what may be its worst drought in a century of record-keeping. On January 20, the governor of California declared a state of emergency, urging everyone to begin conserving water. Water levels in all but a few reservoirs in the state are less than 50% of capacity, mountains are nearly bare of snow except at the highest elevations, and the fire risk is extreme. In Nevada, the situation is much the same. Aerial view of Reno, Nevada (foreground), and Lake Tahoe (background) on January 14, 2014. Between the city and the lake, the mountains are nearly bare of snow, an unmistakable sign of precipitation deficits. Photo by Kelly Redmond. California has a climate like the Mediterranean region: hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. More than half of the annual precipitation arrives via winter storms between December and February. Fo...

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