While I really sympathize with the parts of the country where they are getting far too much rain and are experiencing devasting floods, here in the L.A. area we are in the worst drought year on record. Here are the statistics.
The National Weather Service's downtown Los Angeles station received only 3.21 inches of rain for the rain season which ended June 30. This puts Los Angeles at 11.93 inches below normal. This breaks the previous record for the driest year since 1877, which was set just five years ago when 4.42 inches fell during the 2001-02 season.
This means that could possibly have a year of fires like we had in 2003 in which 14 lives were lost and 300,000 acres were destroyed. This was not just a single fire that got out of control. This was a series of 5 fires and 2 of the fires managed to burn until they united as one.
I just pray that all the weather conditions stay right and that the crazies that come out and dot stupid things that start fires use their heads this year.