Californians are reveling in the effects of El Niño, which has brought rain to the parched, drought-stricken state, but no group is happier than boat dealers, who have faced hardship after hardship since the housing bubble burst in 2008.
Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.
El Niño has not brought favorable weather to all parts of the country, but it is helping California’s Folsom Lake survive the worst drought on record.
Researchers knew California’s drought was a record-breaker when they set out to find its exact place in history, but they were surprised by what they discovered: It has been 500 years since what is now the Golden State has been this dry.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting that this El Niño could be among the strongest in the historical record dating from 1950 and that means rain — lots of it — for California.
The first day of summer brought a blow to boaters on Folsom Lake in California, who were forced to pull their boats from the marina because of low water levels.
One measure of how hard the Western drought has been on boaters and marina owners in the West can be found at Lake Mead in Nevada, where crews recently began the process of moving a marina farther out into the lake.
While the East Coast was digging out from one snowstorm after another this winter, the West Coast was digging in for another year of severe drought.
In a blow to boaters that underscores the growing extent of California’s water squeeze, the level of Diamond Valley Lake is falling so low that it will have to be closed to recreational users on April 15, the Metropolitan Water District announced Tuesday.
As California closes out its eighth month of a drought state of emergency, effects of the water shortage are being felt across the state.
The official deadline for pulling boats from Folsom Lake in California passed Sunday night as levels continued to drop in severe drought conditions.