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California's Snowpack Drops To Record Low
"This has been what I'm now calling the 'cruelest' winter I've ever seen," exclaims the CEO of one California ski resort... and he is right.
According to official records, California's snowpack is the lowest on record for this time of year at around a mere 20% of the average since records began.
The drought is getting worse... not better.
( see chart )
originally posted by: aboutface
a reply to: FarleyWayne
BTW, the map above is inaccurate as far as I am concerned. Our precipitation levels near the central US-Can border have been the same as usual, but our temps have been way colder than normal on a consistent basis. It's been a lonnng perfect-for-hibernating winter where I live.
originally posted by: mikell
California just needs to fall into the ocean and give the rest of the country a break. What a bunch of whiners
So a loss of California ag production would hit hard consumers’ wallets and their diets would become less balanced.This is because our state produces a sizable majority of American fruits, vegetables and nuts; 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots and the list goes on and on. A lot of this is due to our soil and climate. No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre.
Lemon yields, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than neighboring states. California spinach yield per acre is 60 percent higher than the national average. Without California, supply of these products in our country and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products specifically, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.
For more than 50 years, the men and women who work California’s fertile fields have made this state the nation’s No. 1 agricultural producer and exporter. If it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, all or a portion of the meal was probably grown right here in the Golden State.
I hope that I don't have to point out that the lack of snow means lack of spring run-off which means and even bigger drought that makes growing most of what America eats very difficult and expensive.