A farm worker helps harvest the recent crop of Pixie tangerines. (Photo courtesy of Ojai Pixie Growers Association)
Kit Stolz, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Drought continues to desiccate California. After four years of sharply reduced rainfall all of Ventura County and the Central Coast — and nearly half of California — is in the driest of possible conditions, called “exceptional” drought according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.
It’s not only the lack of rain. Last week, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported there is a 97 percent chance that 2015 will be the warmest in the historical record for California and the United States.