Monday, March 3, 2014

California finally gets rain

Enough rain to cause flooding has fallen in California and snow has fallen in the Sierra mountains where reservoirs supply drinking water to California’s cities.

But it’s not enough to end three years of drought, officials say.

It is, however, welcome for farmers who depend on irrigation. They grow half of North America’s fresh salad ingredients, but the dought has forced them to idle about half a million acres of cropland this year.

That’s costing farmers billions of dollars in lost revenues, state officials say.

“Despite these recent storms, it would still have to rain every other day until around May to reach average precipitation totals, and even then we would still be in a drought due to the last two dry years,” said Richard Stapler, spokesman for the California Natural Resources Agency.