California’s long-running drought just keeps on going. Despite hopes that a rainy December would ease conditions in the parched state, drought conditions came surging back in the New Year — with a vengeance. Northern California is currently in the midst of its driest January on record.
San Francisco has seen exactly 0 inches of measurable precipitation in January, according to the National Weather Service.
On average, San Francisco receives nearly 4.5 inches of precipitation each January, so a total lack of any rain is both noticeable and alarming. In fact, this will be the first year it’s happened since people first started keeping records in 1850, according to the Washington Post. And it’s even more shocking when you realize that January is usually the PEAK of the wet season in Northern California.
In fact, as of January 27, almost the entire state of California remained in a state of extreme or exceptional drought, according to the US Drought Monitor. And much of the western US is also still suffering from various degrees of drought.