Guest Blogger Sean Boyd: U.S. Groundwater Resources

Small changes in Earth’s mass and gravity field can be detected by sensors on environmental satellites.. to take an ‘inventory’ of groundwater.  This is an experimental product, which compares current groundwater levels, to a 60-year average.  The deficit in the western U.S. is prominent.

"Amazing topography from an aerial perspective. Approaching the Tejon Pass along the Grapevine in Gorman, California flying southbound to KVNY." #grapevine #tejonpass #gorman #helicopters #travel #crosscountry #droughtvoices 
From the Instagram of Group3Aviation.

"Amazing topography from an aerial perspective. Approaching the Tejon Pass along the Grapevine in Gorman, California flying southbound to KVNY." #grapevine #tejonpass #gorman #helicopters #travel #crosscountry #droughtvoices 

From the Instagram of Group3Aviation.

"There used to be a beautiful river or lake to match the beautiful California hillside." #californiadrought #sonomacounty #nofilter #droughtvoices
From the Instagram of Douglas Rose. 

"There used to be a beautiful river or lake to match the beautiful California hillside." #californiadrought #sonomacounty #nofilter #droughtvoices

From the Instagram of Douglas Rose

GUEST BLOGGER SEAN BOYD: All Things El Nino

With all the hype about a developing El Nino in the equatorial central Pacific Ocean, here is a link for all things ENSO. Also - it should be noted that the currently-observed warmer-than-usual sea-surface temperatures along the CA coast are NOT el-Nino-related, according to the National Weather Service office in Monterrey, CA.

"His Water Guilt Is his Own" | The Daily Watering of Augusta Street

Local news outlets reported Tuesday that the City of Fresno would be implementing“Stage 2″ water restrictions beginning Aug. 1, in response to our state’s historic drought. That means that not only will the city be limiting residents to outdoor watering only two days per week, but that the city would also be stepping up its monitoring and fines for violators.

One Fresno man — Jefferson Beavers — decided to take action. Read his blog post linked here on #droughtshaming in Fresno, Calif.

"In an effort to conserve water the Getty Villa turned of thier fountains. It seems even the statues are praying for rain." #Californiadrought #droughtvoices
From the Instagram of carmelitastreet.

"In an effort to conserve water the Getty Villa turned of thier fountains. It seems even the statues are praying for rain." #Californiadrought #droughtvoices

From the Instagram of carmelitastreet.

"Beautiful Getty Villa. But there’s something off about this… #californiadrought #conservewater #shitisreal #vscocam LA was one of the few cities that increased water usage since the announcement of the drought. Thanks Getty for doing your part!"
From the Instagram of Crittle Monster. 

"Beautiful Getty Villa. But there’s something off about this… #californiadrought #conservewater #shitisreal #vscocam LA was one of the few cities that increased water usage since the announcement of the drought. Thanks Getty for doing your part!"

From the Instagram of Crittle Monster