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California Records Driest Year In Nearly 100 Years

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at October 18, 2021


With much of California experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, the state recorded the driest year on record in almost a century, the Los Angeles Times reports, with only half of the average amount of expected precipitation falling.

Key Facts

The most recent rain year, which went from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, only saw an average of 11.87 inches of rain or snow fall, amounting to half of the 23.58 inches average expected during a typical water year, according to  data from the Western Regional Climate Center.

The last time the state experienced this little rainfall was 1924, according to the Times.

2021 was the eighth driest year in California in 127 years, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Big Number

3.73 million. That’s how many people in the state are affected by the drought, according to the  National Integrated Drought Information System. 

Key Background

This year has been brutal for California. Extreme heat and low rainfall have contributed to the raging wildfires again ravaging the West Coast. Last week, thousands of citizens had their power turned off as winds fanned fires blowing through North and Central California. The flames may have also taken down some hundreds of the historic giant Sequoia trees in some National parks. In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $15 billion climate change package to help offset the effects of global warming. The bill will fund projects that prevent wildfires and address extreme heat and rising sea levels. In July, the governor asked residents to cut back their water consumption by 15% to help combat the drought — though usage that month only decreased 1.8%, according to the Sacramento Bee. Droughts are common in California: the most recent one lasted from 2011 to 2019.

Further Reading

Thousands Of California Homes Without Power As Fierce Winds Fan Wildfires (Forbes) 

California Wildfire May Have Killed Hundreds Of Historic Sequoias (Forbes) 

Gov. Newsom Signs $15 Billion Package To Combat Climate Change In California (Forbes)


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