It is raining and I could not be more pleased. Oh sure, I had hoped to go cycling with Robb this weekend (and maybe we still can), but I know how desperately California needs rainfall. We are, as the snazzy graphic above indicates, in our third year of drought. Rainfall and snow-pack are well below average, and as usual there's all sorts of controversy over water usage in California.
This could have national impact, because most of our country's fruits and veggies are grown in the vast Central Valley of California. Farmers are letting fields lie fallow, which means less food production and more unemployment for some of America's poorest workers.
The above map shows our current state of drought.
Hopefully, this animated map will work on your computer. It shows drought conditions for 2008. California looks awfully dry, doesn't it?
The future doesn't look too good, either.
I hope that my garden gets a good soaking, because I'm ready to stop watering. I planted drought-tolerant native plants, which I hope will survive on their own. I'm going to keep filling my little birdbath, because there aren't a lot of water sources for wildlife amidst the warehouses of West Oakland. Today, for the first time, I saw half a dozen finches happily guzzling water. Watching birds drink is adorable, and probably good for my soul. I love how they tip their heads back to swallow.
I really wish it were raining harder.