The Worst Drought In The History Of California Is Happening Right Now

Michael Snyder
American Dream

Did you know that 2013 was the driest year ever recorded in the state of California?  And did you know that so far this is the driest January that the state of California has ever experienced?  The worst drought in the history of California is happening right now.

Image: Drought (Wikimedia Commons)

Just check out the current conditions on the U.S. Drought Monitor.  About two-thirds of the state is experiencing “extreme drought” at the moment, and Governor Jerry Brown says that it is “not likely to rain for several weeks“.  Unfortunately for California, the truth is that the weather in the western half of the country is simply returning to historical norms.  Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the United States in 1000 years, and that extremely dry conditions are normally what we should expect for most areas from the Pacific Ocean to the Mississippi River.  If long-term conditions truly are “returning to normal”, then the state of California could be heading for a water crisis of unprecedented magnitude.

But it is not just the state of California that should be concerned.  The reality of the matter is that the produce grown in California feeds the rest of the nation.  Just check out these statistics…

The state produces 99 percent of the artichokes grown in the US, 44 percent of asparagus, a fifth of cabbage, two-thirds of carrots, half of bell peppers, 89 percent of cauliflower, 94 percent of broccoli, and 95 percent of celery. Leafy greens? California’s got the market cornered: 90 percent of the leaf lettuce we consume, along with and 83 percent of Romaine lettuce and 83 percent of fresh spinach, come from the big state on the left side of the map. Cali also cranks a third of total fresh tomatoes consumed in the U.S.—and 95 percent of ones destined for cans and other processing purposes.

As for fruit, I get that 86 percent of lemons and a quarter of oranges come from there; its sunny climate makes it perfect for citrus, and lemons store relatively well. Ninety percent of avocados? Fine. But 84 percent of peaches, 88 percent of fresh strawberries, and 97 percent of fresh plums?

Come on. Surely the other 49 states can do better.

In other words, the rest of us are extremely dependent on the fruits and vegetables that the state of California grows for us.

So don’t take too much joy in what California is going through.  It is going to affect you too.

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And it’s going to get a lot worse, before it gets any better.

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13 comments on “The Worst Drought In The History Of California Is Happening Right Now
  1. Oh no. 😦 My heart goes out to all you guys out there. I remember how bad it was when I was a girl in the 70s there. I remember the apartments my mother and I lived in were rationed at 55 gals per day, per apt. Those were scary times. I’ll be praying!

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    • Your comment reminded me of ‘water conservation‘ story from several years ago:

      I used to live in SoCal, which you know is earthquake country. After the Northridge quake in ’94, it was all over the news about how everyone should be prepared for next time it happens, storing food and water etc.

      My friends at the time lived next door to a ‘dizzy blonde’. She was pretty as a Barbie doll, but not too smart. My friend’s wife went over to the blonde’s house one day for a visit. The blonde opened her kitchen cabinet and my friend saw two 8-ounce glasses of water sitting on the shelf next to the other glasses. My friend asked the blonde: ‘What are those two glasses of water for?” The blonde replied: ‘They said on the news that we should store water, in case of emergency…’

      This is a true story. There are actually people that dumb out there!

      In my area(luckily upstream from others), our water agency says worst case scenario is a 50% cut to potable water and a 100% cut to irrigation water. Fortunately, it’s raining now for the first time in some 50 plus days.

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      • We’ve been assisted to the highest level of incompetence we can achieve..Although, since I am a classic underachiever, my highest levels have yet to achieved…:-)

        On a more serious note, there are far too many like that blonde out there (here?). In true crisis, they will be quickly swept aside. Only the most heartless and soulless will be able to look on their demise without supreme sadness. Read the book “one Second After” if you really want to get a sense of what I mean…..

        More reason to resolve to be prepared….:-)

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      • Oh my gosh! Oh, she makes it hard for the rest of us, lol. Age isn’t the only reason I covered the blonde with L’Oreal! Hahaha!

        I’m so happy to hear about the rain! I hope more comes down on you, in a nice, slow, gentle way. 🙂

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  2. Paladin Justice says:

    Don’t worry, California. Obama will build a pipeline from the Great Lakes to your state to keep the water flowing. He wouldn’t want the illegals to dry up and blow away, since that group, once amnestied, is going to provide his party with a winning demographic for hundreds of years. As to veggies, folks where there is water should think about growing their own food–corn, spinach, okra, potatoes, tomatoes, etc. were all grown and canned by my Kentucky grandmother every year. Of course, today you might need a permit from the EPA, NSA, TSA, and CIA to grow your own unless you decide to risk farming illegally.

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  3. I take no joy in seeing what is happening to California and the western USA, for that matter. Could anyone in their right mind do so?
    Perhaps more to the point is whether I see this as another example of how fragile life is here on earth. We become accustomed to events that are, in the scheme of things, relatively short duration that can change very quickly.
    Humans become quickly used to an easier, softer way. Then it changes abruptly, on the human time frame, and sends them into disarray.

    Why I am more comfortable with operating on a smaller scale. Best influenced by change that occurs over a smaller scale. So I don’t wake up some morning to see how a good idea isn’t necessarily so….

    Think this may be something that has been influencing weather modifications? By those who think they know more and are smarter than the rest of us? 🙂

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  4. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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