Posted: Jan 20, 2014 5:47 PM by Pat Shingleton
Last year was the single driest year in California history. The record-keeping began during the Gold Rush and ABC World News Tonight recently reported it's the 3rd straight year of drought; creating a big tinderbox. The lack of precipitation relates to no mountain snow as ski resorts are struggling. Also strained are California's reservoirs and Folsom Lake is so depleted that the ruins of an old western ghost town are appearing on the dry lake bed. California is also the largest exporter of crops for the United States and the Great Central Valley is America's richest farmland. Another drought equals at least a billion dollars in losses. Farmers have been forced to reduce irrigation uses and ranchers can't grow grass for livestock.