It hasn’t happened since 1884 in Sacramento, CA–46 consecutive days without rain. If that’s not enough to convince people California is experiencing a severe drought, one need go no further than Folsom Lake that is now 40% below capacity.
It’s a stark, sad, almost alien landscape. Adding to the surreal atmosphere, a pioneer ghosttown, Mormon Island, has been exposed, unearthing rusted relics of that era. Hikers can walk to the middle of the lake to stand at the waters edge. Governor Jerry Brown has called a state of emergency. In the meantime, visitors to the lake are enjoying hiking and biking, instead of boating and swimming.
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