Drought In California

Harrison Threlfall

APR. 22, 2021

Due to the lack of rain this year in California, it is now extremely likely that California will have a brutal drought throughout at least this summer.

Due to the lack of rain this year in California, it is now extremely likely that California will have a brutal drought throughout at least this summer. Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino are both at the lowest levels they have ever been for this time of year, which is indicative of what could be a very dry summer. There is not much rain forecasted for all of April, and not much rain expected after April. At this point in the year with our current amount of rainfall, a drought is almost inevitable.
An upcoming drought is especially concerning after what have been some terrible years for wildfires. A very dry summer can leave to prime fire conditions which may lead to even more horrifically destructive wildfires in the late summer and fall. The threat of wildfires is very scary but there is unfortunately not much more we can do than hope that some lucky late-season rains come to keep the vegetation a little bit greener for a little bit longer.
In Healdsburg, it seems like there is a reduced risk of having to evacuate due to wildfire since essentially every single angle that fire could come from has already been burnt. One threat to Healdsburg is Fitch Mountain which could cause some damage if ignited, but the city recently did a big fuel management problem on Fitch mountain which should have lowered the risk of it burning.
If and when the drought does come, it will probably be necessary for citizens of California to save water, so it is best to prepare and try to start saving water now before things get too bad. Water can be saved in many ways, such as taking quick showers, using minimal water for teeth brushing, not using any unnecessary water, not planting too many plants that will suck up a lot of water, and paying attention to any leaky taps or pipes.
The situation is dire and if we are lucky, Californians may be able to work together to save some water to prevent really bad droughts from happening since water intake is one thing that we do have control over.