To some but not all network reporters, please stop talking aout the “5 year drought” in California. I lived there for more than 30 years and can attest to the fact that the drought you keep talking about has been ongoing for more than 5 years. But don’t believe me. Believe the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tells us, “The most populated state in the country is facing what may be its worst drought in a century of record-keeping.”
So that would be the worst drought since weather watchers started keeping records. Maybe the worst drought in one-hundred years. Maybe longer.
NOAA, goes on to report that “On January 20 (2014), 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.” True, northern and central California got some rain in March of this year, but as was widely reported, it wasn’t enough to put a dent in the ongoing drought.