2013, driest year on record
December 30, 2013
The driest year in recorded history has left wells dried up, golden hillsides and distressed wildlife during the typically lush rainy season.
In San Luis Obispo, the city received only 4.5 inches of water in 2013, with average yearly rainfall at 22.4nches. In North County, Paso Robles has received only 1.9 inches of rain since January.
The last time it was this dry in San Luis Obispo was in 1898, with nearly 7 inches.
For the past three years, California has experienced dry winters and as a result, low snow packs.
Meanwhile, California water authorities say the state is facing another drought in 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown has put together a task force to address the issue.