Aug 15, 2013 8:51 PM by Dave Hovde

Reservoirs drawn down as historic drought deepens

The last 7 months have been the driest on record across The West. The following graphics show the severity of the problems. One graphic details the new designation that the Central Coast is considered in an "extreme drought" by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Since they started monitoring drought conditions in 1999, this is the first time SLO County has been 100% D3 or "extreme" drought.

The last time California had any D3 was Dec. 25, 2012 (0.05%).

The last time California had a larger area of D3 was Feb. 24, 2009 (14.78%).

The last time our area had D3 was Jan. 1, 2008, all of both counties except the SLO-Kern border.

Another shows the USDA classification that all but a few counties in the Bay Area have been designated "primary drought" counties.

And the elongated time of the drought is drawing local reservoirs down to very low levels which are supported by two other graphics below:



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