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Posted Mon Feb 10 2014: from Mother Jones:
California's Drought Could Be the Worst in 500 Years (And why it's too late for the rain.)
The Golden State is in the midst of a three-year drought--and scientists believe that this year may end up being the driest in the last half millennium, according to UC Berkeley professor B. Lynn Ingram. Californians are scared, with good reason: Fire danger in the state is high, and drinking water supplies are low. But the drought will have repercussions outside the state's borders, as well. California produces a good chunk of the nation's food: half of all our fruits and vegetables, along with a significant amount of dairy and wine.... About ten percent of the state is experiencing "exceptional drought," the highest possible level. As of this week, seventeen communities are in danger of running out of water, forcing some to buy it or run pipes from other districts.... [T]he state would need to experience heavy rain or snowfall every other day from now until May in order to achieve average annual precipitation levels.
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