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Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

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California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the state's history and unfortunately it doesn't look like things are going to get better any time soon.

Reservoir banks that were once underwater at Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River in Friant, a town just north of Fresno in California's Central Valley.

1 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

Reservoir banks that used to be underwater at Millerton Lake on top of the Friant Dam.


2 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A field of dead almond trees in Coalinga in the Central Valley. Almonds use an estimated 10% of the state's water budget.


3 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

Boat docks that were once at the edge of the water on Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River in Friant.


4 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

Reservoir banks that used to be underwater at Millerton Lake, on top of the Friant Dam.


5 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A boat paddle at the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San Jose.



6 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A Lake Tahoe ski resort had far less snow than usual this season, as seen in this photo from March.


7 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A canal runs through dwindling farm fields in Los Banos.


8 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A view of Pine Flat Lake from an area that used to be underwater in Fresno County.


9 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A tractor collects golf balls on a parched driving range in Palm Springs. According to state regulations introduced May 5, communities like Palm Springs — where residents use more than 165 gallons of water per person per day — would have to cut back their use by 35%.


10 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A section of Lake Oroville was nearly dry in August, when it was at 32% of its total 3,537,577-acre-foot area.


11 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A skier approaches the edge of the snow at Lake Tahoe in March.


12 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

This Millerton Lake jetty, located on the San Joaquin River in Friant, used to be in the middle of the water.


13 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A farmworker walks through thirsty fields in Los Banos, an area of the San Joaquin Valley between Santa Cruz and Merced. On May 5, state water regulators adopted the first rules for mandatory urban water cutbacks. Farms, which account for 80% of the state's water consumption, were exempt from the law.


14 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A canal runs through dried-up farm fields in Los Banos.


15 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms to provide water for fields in Richvale, an agricultural town north of Sacramento.


16 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A parched water-storage facility near homes in La Quinta.


17 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A dried-up canal runs through a lush green golf course in La Quinta.


18 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

Water pours into a dried-out canal in Los Banos.


19 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

Water flows into a dried-out lake on a golf course in La Quinta.


20 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)

A parched aqueduct in Victorville, a city east of Los Angeles.


21 Experts Are Saying California Is Experiencing Its Worst Drought In 1,200 Years (21 pics)


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№1 Author: Slugsie (18 Apr 2016 01:43) Total user comments: 1573


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Just remember everyone, global warming is a myth. Don't look behind the curtain. Nothing to see here. Move along.
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№2 Author: kryptor (18 Apr 2016 11:53) Total user comments: 4793


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165 Gallons per person per day ?!! ...... there's U're problem ... Phuc!
that's almost twice the national average
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№3 Author: Tomaz86 (18 Apr 2016 16:21) Total user comments: 10834


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The future is tragic.
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№4 Author: velio70 (18 Apr 2016 16:23) Total user comments: 1746


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1. divert all natural bodies of water for farming. 2. watch population of CA grow exponentially. 3. divert more water for lawns, pools, and population. 4. add natural and man made climate change.

CA is literally being sucked dry by the population, farming, and industry.
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№5 Author: styopa (18 Apr 2016 19:11) Total user comments: 1230


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Quote: Slugsie
Just remember everyone, global warming is a myth. Don't look behind the curtain. Nothing to see here. Move along.

First, this is ENTIRELY a cyclical thing. Geologists have been saying for some time that CA was past-due for one of its dry spells.

Second, it's almost like irrigating the sh*t out of a place and diverting whole rivers to build massive cities in the desert is unsustainable in the long term? WHO'D HAVE POSSIBLY BELIEVED SUCH AN IDEA?
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№6 Author: FishStyx (18 Apr 2016 20:03) Total user comments: 14


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Velio70 and styopa have the right of it.
Most of these photos are outdated.
Also, thanks to record rain and snowfall this past winter, most of the major reservoirs are at, approaching, or have exceeded capacity. Please see the link to Californias Department of Water Resources page below to see up-to-date capacities and current flows.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES

Honestly, does ANYONE do ANY sort of research before claiming "OMG!!! We're all gonna die!!"??
(Finding that link and data took less than 20 seconds!!)
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№7 Author: Slugsie (18 Apr 2016 20:45) Total user comments: 1573


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Wow, I totally forgot that no-one around here has a sense of humour.
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