California marks 2013 as historically dry year

January 1, 2014
This Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 downtown Los Angeles is seen in the distance through dry brush at Griffith park on Monday, Dec 16, 2013. Many cities in California closed out 2013 as the driest year since record-keeping began more than a century ago. (AP Photo/Nick Ut,File)

In a large swath of California, 2013 is closing out as the driest year on record, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs.

While a has not been declared, some communities have urged residents to conserve water.

Dozens of cities from Sacramento to Los Angeles saw historically parched conditions that set new marks in record-keeping that in some cases dates back more than a century.

The lack of rainfall does not bode well for the winter's first snow survey that will be released on Friday.

Already, many of the state's major reservoirs are below average for the month.

December is typically one of the wettest months. Despite an arid month, say there's still hope for rain in the coming months.

Explore further: U.S. had above normal temperatures and precipitation in March

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1.6 / 5 (5) Jan 01, 2014
2013 - Record breaking lack of hurricanes in the North Atlantic
2013 - Record breaking lack of tornadoes in North America
2013 - It's dry in the desert known as Kalifornia. If one believed in God this could be seen as the well-deserved wrath of a just and merciful God.
3.8 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2014
2013 - It's dry in the desert known as Kalifornia. If one believed in God this could be seen as the well-deserved wrath of a just and merciful God.

It makes you want to not-believe in anything. It's been a hell of a dry year.

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