For those who’ve heard that California is in a severe drought (again), I thought I’d share a YouTube video by a Californian that gives a report on the situation at our largest water reservoir.
TLDR: It’s bad. Maybe worse than the drought during the last water crisis that saw rationing in major cities. We didn’t get any meaningful rain last winter after a below average year prior, so water levels are equivalent to December levels in June. Because there was so little rain, Cal Fire is also warning us that this year’s fire season may be a worse than 2020.
It isn’t just California, either. More than half of the United States is in drought going into this summer. The entire Colorado River watershed in the southwest is in extreme drought conditions.
What this underlines is the new reality that global warming is creating isn’t going away. The southwestern drought has been ongoing since 2000. In the long run, places like southern California may not be able to support the number of people who live here today. We can build power plants and run more air conditioning to deal with the heat waves, but there’s not much can be done about the lack of water.