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What a difference a year makes
We all know that the impact of the drought goes well beyond our own garden and landscape, but sometimes it is easy to get lost in the weeds (or, for a gnome, lost in the grass) and only think about our own world. Fortunately, our friends over at the United States Department of Agriculture are watching the drought pretty closely and make it easy to see the big picture.
They publish a weekly map showing drought conditions throughout California and this is the most recent map. Sooo, let’s take a look!
Whoa, that is a lot of red. The good gnews is that the dark red (“exceptional drought”) has not yet reached Orange County. The bad gnews is that it is creeping along.
Let’s take a closer look at the table.
In my gnomish opinion, the most important column is the red D3-D4 column. That column shows the percentage of the entire state that is in “extreme drought.” Almost 72% of California is in extreme drought or worse. Now look at the bottom row. This time last year, 0% of California was in extreme drought. Wow. What a difference a year makes.
As scary as the drought can seem, I like to remember how easy it is to do my part. Watering one day less per week, checking my sprinklers, adding mulch, or even just planting a California friendly plant all helps.
California is in a drought; overwatering is out. I can do my part. Can you?