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Livermore Experiences Driest Year on Record

2013 was the driest year on record for Livermore since 1976.

Mount Diablo saw less than 7 inches of rain in 2013
Mount Diablo saw less than 7 inches of rain in 2013
If you're feeling a little parched as this year comes to a close, there's a reason.

On Tuesday, Livermore— and the rest of Northern— finished 2013 with the driest rainfall year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported its rain gauges on Mount Diablo recorded 6.56 inches of precipitation while Livermore reported a mere 4.50 inches for 2013.

The normal average total for the devil mountain is over 25 inches and Livermore should average about 15.23 inches.

Mt. Diablo's 2013 readings were also more than 2 inches below the previous record of 8.91 set in 1976.

The lack of rainfall caused hundreds of wild pigs from Mt. Diablo to upturn lush lawns across the Tri-Valley in search for food.

At Tassajara Hills Elementary in Danville, wild pigs destroyed the school's newly-completed track field -- a project that took upwards of $40,000 to generate and three years to complete.

[Related: Wild Pigs Find their Way to Danville]

NOAA officials said there were record dry years at all 27 of its Bay Area stations. The agency has been keeping records since 1917.

As low as the rainfall was in 2013, the Livermore area still fared better than most of the other regions.

The lowest on the NOAA list was Gilroy, which received 2.56 inches of rain this year. That's 12 percent of normal and more than 8 inches below its previous record of 11.18 inches.

Oakland received 4.24 inches of rain, 18 percent of normal and well below the previous record of 10.02 inches.

The only two areas with more than 10 inches were Muir Woods and Occidental in the North Bay.

Muir Woods received 12.69 inches, 33 percent of normal. Occidental got 15.45 inches, 27 percent below its normal of 56 inches per year.
Becky January 03, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I'm glad they're finally calling it a drought. They should have declared that six months ago. People always talk about the low snowpack and empty reservoirs, but they never think about the trees that will die because the dirt is so dry. The oaks out in the wild lands and the conifer trees in the mountains wont get any water. And for the irrigated trees in urban areas, you just can't water like the rain can. What really makes me sick is the local news channel weather people and anchormen who act so happy when it's another sunny California forecast and act disappointed when they are predicting rain. They've changed their tune now that it's been called a drought.
Becky January 03, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Last paragraph says, "Occidental got 15.45 inches, 27 percent below its normal of 56 inches per year." I think you mean, "27 percent OF its normal."
livermoron January 03, 2014 at 01:38 PM
who cares about the trees? I'm more worried about filling my pool in july
Veruca Dear January 03, 2014 at 04:24 PM
I hope this year is different...I can already see the damage from the drought around here.
Janice Pruett January 05, 2014 at 02:37 AM
Dear Livermoron I care about the trees - worrying about filling your pool during this drought says all we need to know about you! It's one thing to voice an opinion but quite another when you post a moronic statement.
Veruca Dear January 07, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Janice I think Livermoron was being ironic.
livermoron January 13, 2014 at 04:13 PM
first off janice, my pool provides way more relief (especially in a drought) than a tree. secondly, i dont believe my statement is moronic. dont think that just because i have moron in my name that i am incapable of producing an intelligent thought. they use to say a black man was incapable of being president. well look at him go..
Such Troll January 13, 2014 at 06:17 PM
@livermoron, Well it seems they were wrong a black man can be president, just not a good one.
livermoron January 13, 2014 at 08:19 PM
yes pig. I'm going to avoid using an oxy-moron joke. we will however see who is the moron when it is 110� in the shade, and i am doing cannonballs.
Such Troll January 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM
You make a good point, I think the investment in a pool is a great idea. Worse case scenario we can drink out of the pool while everyone else goes thirsty.

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