By Michael Navia

As most people know, California has been experiencing a record-breaking drought that is now going into its fourth year. According to mercurynews.com, “a vast zone of high pressure in the atmosphere off the West Coast, nearly four miles high and 2,000 miles long” has been blocking Pacific Winter storms from coming ashore which has deprived California of much needed rain.

            Due to this problem the amount of water in California has dropped significantly and temperatures are hotter than ever. According to the LA Times, 2015 saw the highest average temperature in 120 years of record-keeping, being 58.4 degrees. Not only does it affect how much we sweat, but the extreme temperatures plus the drought have been causing increased evaporation which leads to dried out soil and dried out soil leads to fires, specifically fires. The LA Times stated that, “Two of the most destructive wildfires in state history raged across the Northern California [this year]”

            California residents can help reduce the amount of water used throughout the state. Simple task such as taking a shorter shower, not watering the lawn, turning of the sink water when not in use, selecting proper pans for cooking so you don’t overuse cooking water, etc. We must all do our part in trying to reduce the amount of water we use. Until the situation with the high pressure in the atmosphere is resolved, all we can do is conserve water and hope for the best while preparing for the worst.

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