Just as we had feared – you kind of sense these things in your bones. The news this morning is devastating. Not a good start to the new year and upcoming planting season. We still haven’t rebounded from the hottest summer on record where we lost 90% of our heirloom tomato crop ( our most important cash crop that pulls us through fall and winter) More recently having to deal with the big chill which wiped out the entire winter crop and set us back months. Now with forecasters predicting a dry year the plants are going to suffer not getting the deep down moisture that we so look forward to in winter.   It’s going to be another long and difficult year, which I suspect will bring on quite a few changes in our lives.

Driest winter ever is looming’ {Pasadena Star News}

With rainfall just 25 percent of normal and El Niño unexpectedly weakening this month, weather forecasters say Southern California may face its driest winter on record. Howling winds have pushed into the traditional wet season, wicking moisture from hillside brush to critically dry levels and raising fears of a disastrous fire season. … For months, it’s been the weather repeat of “Groundhog Day.” Storms are predicted. Clouds move in. Clouds move out. Gutters remain mostly dry. And then the dry northeast winds – offshore Santa Anas – blow. For days. The arctic storm that arrived Friday brought nary a drop of rain, but ushered in 40 mph gusts that toppled trees, blew off doors and sent residents scurrying for their heaviest coats…. Since July, 1.31 inches of rain has fallen on downtown Los Angeles – 25 percent of normal. By this time during the record dry weather season of 2001-2002, which got a total 4.42 inches, rainfall was 29 percent of the year-to-date normal. … “This El Nino has definitely been El No Show,” Patzert said. “We’re done here – we didn’t get anything out of this last storm. “And there’s nothin’ on the horizon.”
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  1. Jeff S. says:

    Don’t give up hope yet. The meteorologists’ batting average with this sort of long term predicting is about 50/50. Just consider the complete lack of hurricanes this past season. The fact that the weather has been so unpredictable itself should give hope.

    I wish we could share some of our water. Here in KY, we were 16 inches over normal last year and are already 7 inches over for this year! Completely bizarre.

    We will pray specifically for rain for Southern CA.

  2. Mike says:

    My sympathies are with you! We, too, are on the precipice of losing our Summer crop of heirloom tomatoes, though here it is due to early and extreme humidity enabling a crippling blight —

    We’ll be keeping you in our thoughts, and hope that things get better quickly.