Drought a drain on flora, fauna

Around this time each year, thousands make the pilgrimage to the Antelope Valley to see California poppies shining in the fields around Anne Aldrich’s Lancaster home.

“There are fields of orange, just like in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when you first spot the Emerald City,” Aldrich said.

But not in 2007, as Southern California is poised to experience its driest year on record.

“We don’t have poppies this year. This is about the worst we’ve seen,” she said. “It’s desert-brown.”

The relentlessly dry weather has made this a spring like no other across the region, wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.  Downtown Los Angeles has recorded less than 4 inches of rain since July 1 — less than a quarter of normal.

Source:  Los Angeles Times

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