2013 was the third year in a row in which California didn’t receive sufficient rainfall. This has led to drought so severe that several rural communities in the state are in danger of a severe water shortage within a few months.
The rainy season usually runs from October through March, but it’s been so low that on January 17, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. On January 27, reservoirs were at 61% of the average. At the end of last year,the mountain snow-pack was at 20% of the usual normal; the mountain snow-pack supplies most of the state’s water.
Due the drought, as much as 500,000 acres may remain unplanted because farmers won’t have enough water to produce a harvest. Find out more about the impact the drought is having on different industries by checking out Bloomberg’s article here.