Did you hear the news? The drought is over, or so we figured out Tuesday when the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California issued a statement from General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger in anticipation of the state making just such an announcement.
In his news release, Kightlinger — while cautioning us that long-term challenges are still ahead — said the storms we’ve had in recent months have “eased the short-term water management challenges” and that “tremendous conservation and water use efficiency efforts throughout the region” have allowed the MWD to boost the amount of water stored to a level that apparently eases concerns.
Despite last fall’s predictions we would have a dry winter, we didn’t. According to the records we pull from Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge has seen nearly 31 inches of rain since Oct. 1. To help you assess how respectable a number that is, during the same period in 2009-10 we received 27.36 inches; 2008-2009 saw 12.83; 25.76 inches fell in 2007-08; and a paltry 5.32 inches spritzed the area between October 2007 and April 1, 2008.