Drought Monitor

I don’t have any project pictures to post this week as it rained most of last weekend.  We took a walk in the rain.  Watching the rain made me think of the drought so I checked out the drought monitor website.

Here’s the current status for California:

Drought monitor for 4/14 from http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Drought monitor for 4/14 from http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

After a nearly normal year of rain in the north, a full 3.5% of the state is out of drought (up from .1% last year).  In the south, the rain has been less and is still in extreme to exceptional drought.  Sadly, drought restrictions will still apply to our water supplies and I might have to get creative about getting water for our new flower garden.

If you need my – I’ll be checking the rain gauges.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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22 Responses to Drought Monitor

  1. pommepal says:

    For 10 years 2000 to 2010 we were in severe drought. Then it started to rain and we had 3 years of torrential flooding. At the moment (fingers tightly crossed) it seems to be ok, just enough and not too much. The garden is happy and so am I…


  2. Beth says:

    We are only a few hours west of you and in the yellow area. So many people here think the state is doing fine, but it’s a big state with a lot of water issues!


  3. jfwknifton says:

    They keep telling us that global warming is making our weather drier, but that is very difficult to believe!


  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’ve not lived in a state where drought was an issue (though I’ve experienced a number of floods, either directly or indirectly). How difficult this must be for the state. Goes to show how easily it is to take water for granted. Until you don’t have it anymore.


  5. Annika Perry says:

    Blimey, that is a huge area. Is there ever any time when they will shut down the water to the homes? Sure hope not. Any long term solution to what is nearly an insurmountable problem. Wish some of our rain would find its way to you…it’s taken two days for the mini pond on our lawn to dry up.


    • It’s an area larger than many countries. There have been a few isolated places where water has been cut off. Mostly in places where they depend on well water – our wells are drying up. Wit the rain we’ve received, we’ll have enough for the year.

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  6. PiedType says:

    That map makes me want to cry.


  7. Don’t get me started on this topic. Good grief.


  8. lorieb says:

    very interesting, thanks for sharing this information. Which part of California do you live in?


  9. I wish we could send some of our rain your way. We were in a drought a few years back, and as heartbreaking as it was for farmers and so forth, it was also fascinating to see what showed up in the empty creek beds as they continued to dry up


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