This is what a sky with no rain looks like .
Below the little rogue cloud is what drought looks like.
This was once a lovely community golf course, Mountain View Country Club.
Due to the dwindling economy it was closed last year around November . It did not take long to revert to the natural state of wilderness in Southern California. Even with a winter of light but steady rains we have not had enough to even begin to make it to October 09 (that is our next real chance at any measurable rainfall). In our city water saving regulations are voluntary at the moment but could be mandatory by July.
That would mean no lawn watering from 10am to 7 pm, no car washing at home where the water is not recycled like a carwash and more.
I am ok with most of these measures but a summer of not letting kids play in the sprinklers, of not watering the parkway barefoot in the late afternoon to cool off and water the grass at the same time,well that is just going to be sad.
Our city utility dept is spending a lot of time removing turf grass from all the city yard areas , around meters and pumping stations ,at the effluent plant etc… grass being replaced with recycled rubber “bark”. Looks O.K. but I wonder if they know they are creating /adding to urban heat zones?
The trees and grass add to the moisture ,what there is of it, in the air.
We are a reclaimed desert here in the inland valley area and with less water for the ground cover we soon will be that desert once again.
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