Overpopulated CA Has Had Driest Year to Date On Record So Far

Published on May 16th, 2022

Overpopulated California has had the driest year to date on record so far in 2022, which is an ominous sign with the heat of summer on the horizon.

That’s according to a new report from the Weather Channel, which highlighted the bone dry nature of California’s weather in 2022.

In data released Monday, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information found January through April precipitation in the state was the lowest on record dating to 1895.”

Not great news, but the next line really hits home just how below average things are.

“The statewide precipitation of 3.25 inches was only 25% of average, topping the previous record-dry January through April from 2013, according to NOAA statistics.

As the Weather Channel report pointed out, this below average precipitation happened during what is traditionally California’s wettest season.

To make matters worse, the population of California has been growing at unsustainable levels for decades. Now, at nearly 40 million residents, the Golden State is wrestling with water shortages and record demand for consumption.

The report also went on to mention that snowpack in the mountains is well below averages, and that even when it melts it’s going right into dry ground instead of feeding into the rivers and water outlets it needs to.

According to the May 6 update by the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), the state’s snowpack peaked March 8 at only 57% of average and over three weeks earlier than usual.

While some more recent systems dumped modest snow in the Sierra, the state’s snowpack was only 21% of average as of May 9.

As we blogged about just last week, all of this points to dangerous weather conditions in California this summer.

That means an even worse drought, extreme heat, and of course the ever present threat of wildfires.

Californians saw a preview of what’s to come this past week, when a
wildfire in Laguna Niguel burned at least twenty homes in an upscale community.

Unfortunately it looks like more incidents like this await Californians in what could be one of the driest summers on record.

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