D is for…Drought


…Dry days that have led to a drought in California.  A drought was declared by California’s governor earlier this month, with some counties facing mandatory water restrictions, and others on voluntary conservation.


The Central Valley of Northern California where I live is parched. The two photos above were actually taken in July a couple of years ago, summer…but that is exactly what the hills still look like now at the end of January, when normally we would have had rain, and the hills at this time usually begin to take on a hint of green.

This photo was taken mid-February last year


Can you see little hints of green to the right and about a quarter of the way down from the top in the middle of the photo?

A satellite map here, shows the difference in snow pack in the Sierra from last January to this January.  No snow means no water coming down to us.

This third dry year for California, now a drought, impacts so many of our resources. The photos of the hills are a good visual to give you the idea of dryness, but I also wanted to bring attention to the cattle and ranching industry here in Northern California where I live, and this article will give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

There is hope that our rainy season, usually November, December and January, is only delayed, and that possibly it will extend out into March and we will be able to catch up a little bit.  Last night’s weather report indicates snow for the Sierra and some rain here in the flatlands beginning tonight, not a lot of rain, but some fairly good snow up in the mountains. Keep your fingers crossed.

This is what things looked like in March 2012



Thanks to Frizztext for the A-Z challenge to bring this information to you this week.

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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34 Responses to D is for…Drought

  1. I visited San Luis Obispo with some girlfriends the 2nd week of January this year. We couldn’t get over how the normally green, rolling hills were brown and dusty. A sad sight indeed.


  2. Madhu says:

    Looks bad Angeline. Hope the rain Gods smile on you soon.


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Madhu. It is very bad. We actually had light rain today, which was totally unexpected. But we’ve been told it would take a lot of big storms to bring us back to anywhere near normal water levels.


  3. Ruth says:

    Hope there will be some relief. So serious. Thanks for sharing your photos and letting us know. Seeing your photos stays with one longer than just hearing the news.


  4. frizztext says:

    Dry days
    led to a drought.

    So drought was declared
    by the governor.

    (like a poem by
    William Carlos Williams)


  5. CMFowler says:

    It truly is SO worrisome! I commend you for writing about it. Awareness has to rise faster than the temps & it seems that we’re losing the battle sometimes! It is frightening. I am sending you all of my good thoughts and love. Our poor planet. You’re post really made me think! Thank you!


  6. pommepal says:

    I didn’t realise your part of USA was in drought, all we hear about is the horrendous winter conditions and the polar vortex. Over here in Australia we know all about the horrors of drought at the moment our outback areas look like your first photos, just heart breaking for farmers. A cyclone is heading for our east coast and there is a slight possibility the rain may spread inland. like you say “fingers crossed”


    • Angeline M says:

      I kind of thought that many people were unaware of our drought here in California. I do feel so bad for the farmers and ranchers, there will be a loss of crops and animals unless there is a change soon. Yes, fingers crossed. Hope you aren’t affected by the cyclone.


  7. dadirri7 says:

    fingers crossed for rain Angeline, we had a ten year drought here all through the noughties, but now we have three years of good rain, it makes such a huge difference to everything 🙂


  8. Patti Kuche says:

    Not good at all is it Angeline . . .. hope you get some water soon!


  9. I know what you’re talking about, Angeline. It’s extremely dry here in Los Angeles, and no sign of rain. Let’s just continue hoping…


  10. Yes, your drought is heart wrenching. It’s linger for years. Wish that I could send you some of our snow for a slow melt.


  11. Amy says:

    It’s worrisome… Texas is not better, and we have not had a good rain since last late fall.


  12. suej says:

    We’re all getting extremes of weather, it seems…


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