Some sprinkles may be on the way, but that's not going to change what's been the state's driest year on record. There are just a couple of weeks to go in this calendar year, and we're about to break a low-rainfall record set in 1976. The reason is that the last rainfall season was very front-loaded, said meterologist Jan Null.
"Most of the rain fell in November and December," he explained.
Null, with San Francisco State, said we haven't seen much since then. That means right now, some farmers may only get 5% of the water they've asked for. Jeanine Jones, with the Department of Water Resources, said that rain allocation is increased throughout the season as snowfall occurs. That means she's hoping we'll see that snow, and rain, over the next couple of months.
The dry conditions have also played a role in extending fire season. CalFire says it responded to 6,400 fires this year, which is almost two thousand more than in an average year. The figures don't include blazes on federal lands, like the Rim Fire, which burned portions of Yosemite National Park. Either way, 2013 isn't over yet.
"Just because we're a week away from Christsmas, don't let your guard down. Fuel conditions, vegetation conditions are still extremely dry," said Spokesman Dennis Mathisen.
He continued to say that we'll see some high winds over the next day or so. There have been more fires at higher elevations due to a lack of snowfall.