Half of the mainland United States is facing drier-than-usual conditions, with 15 percent of the country experiencing “extreme” to “exceptional” drought. That in itself is far from unprecedented (it happened in 2012 and 2013, for starters) but it’s a significant event.
The real problem, though, is in California, which is facing one of its worst dry spells on record — every single part of the state is now facing “severe” drought or worse. Dry conditions may be one reason why large wildfires are breaking out in California a few weeks earlier than usual. The drought is also hurting the state’s crucial agricultural sector.
Droughts are hardly new in US history, and they’ve been a regular feature of the West for many, many years. But the current drought in California is serious even by historical standards.
RTFA for illustrations and description of the national turn to the worse our land has taken. Yes, special emphasis is on the source of much of our food in California – appropriately. But, the whole nation faces potential disaster.
That this happens within the context of rightwing nutballs in charge of half of Congress – and obstructing the whole – makes life and the cost of living more likely to face a death spiral of thumb-twiddling.