More than half of the state is experiencing "exceptional" drought. Most of San Diego County falls in the "severe" drought category, Sept. 17, 2014.
I lived for 32 years in coastal Southern California before my recent hiatus in Brooklyn. I do not remember ever being this uncomfortable living near the ocean all those years. It has been just as bad (or worse) than living in Brooklyn.
Ah, but I will forget this heat when winter arrives here in San Diego and read about snowstorms back East.
Despite Tuesday's thunderstorms, San Diego is nearing a grim milestone of 1,000 days of drought. The conditions are taking a toll across the state.
Since Jan. 1, 2011, the amount of statewide rainfall has been dismal. In the nearly 1,000 days since a drought was declared, most regions in San Diego County have fallen more than a foot of rain below average, said Alex Tardy, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service San Diego.
“So everything is stressed including the water supply, soil moisture is extremely dry, fuel vegetation, fire weather is basically near record levels — everywhere outside of where there’s been monsoonal thunderstorms,” Tardy said.The last significant rain accumulation in San Diego County occurred in December 2010 when a rare atmospheric river system brought wave after wave of storms, dumping five inches in downtown, Tardy said. Read more...