National Drought Mitigation Center

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Dry winter closing ski resorts and fire dangers are increasing in Ventura County, California
2/14/2018 12:00:00 AM

Tourism & Recreation
Ventura County, CA

Start Date: 2/13/2018 - End Date: 2/13/2018
It’s so dry that the lead story in today’s Los Angeles Times is how dry it is: We were hoping for rain today. There are a few small cumulus visible, but nothing that looks like rain. My rain gauge has accumulated a thin layer of dirt on the bottom of the tube. The bushy hillsides are brown. This time of year they’re usually green. We keep having Santa Ana winds and get alerts for fire conditions. We keep our sprinklers on a reduced, two days a week winter schedule, but last year we were able to turn them off. We watch skiers and snowboarders from our local ski resorts at the Olympics in Korea, but our ski resorts are closed and tourism-related businesses are hurting. We are, however, having a rather incredibly mild and beautiful winter, but we desperately need some of those blustery winter cold fronts to make it down here. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Thousand Oaks 2.3 NE on 2/13/2018