California residents should add water conservation to their list of New Year's resolutions. Although the official numbers are still a few weeks away from being released, 2013 will mark the driest year in the state's history.
Over 95% of the state has been classified as being in drought, and the evidence shows all over California's landscape. Reservoirs across the state show bathtub rings from high water levels and snowless peaks are disappointing skiers across the Sierra Nevada. An unusually late wildfire in Big Sur earlier this month also attested to the dry conditions.
The weather outlook for the rest of the winter does not appear to bring much relief and Governor Brown has assembled a special task force to assess the situation and make recommendations for action.