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Have you heard that the state of California is now in a drought? There was not enough snow to provide adequate water. The last time there was a drought in California was in October 2014. Here is the developing story:

  • It ranges from moderate (level D1) to exceptional (level D4)
  • At present 14% of the state was at the worst level
  • Last week 5% of the state was at the worst level
  • The winter rain and snow were well below average
  • The long-term water deficit over the West is creating the potential for a devasting wildfire season
  • California is under an emergency declaration
  • The declaration directs state agencies to take action to modify reservoir releases to conserve water
  • Everything from the Rocky Mountain continental divide westward, including Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico is in a fire danger zone

Homeschoolers: sketch/color an illustration. Describe the drought. Analogy: Read the story called “Three Billy Goats Gruff” and explain why the goats wanted to go over the hill.

About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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