Despite Rain, Marin Declares Drought - NBC Bay Area

Despite Rain, Marin Declares Drought

Despite the rain, county officials declared drought in Marin County.



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    Marin declared a drought on Tuesday.

    There was water aplenty in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Oakland last week, but Marin has declared a drought.

    Rain fell all around the Bay Area, and reservoirs in the North Bay filled up after the storm last week. Nevertheless, the Board of Supervisors in Marin County declared an official drought emergency at its meeting Tuesday, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

    This move means more for money that it does for rain -- the move means the county's farmers are eligible for federal funding to help dairy ranchers, the newspaper reported.

    Dairy ranchers in West Marin lost "50 percent... of livestock forage" because of a lack of rain, according to the newspaper. Stacy Carlsen, the county Agricultural Commissioner, said dairy farmers were "hurting" in January and February, the newspaper reported.

    The move to declare a drought was made with no comment, the newspaper reported.

    Video: Some Rain North, Mainly Mild South

    [BAY] Video: Some Rain North, Mainly Mild South
    The morning is starting off somewhat drier than expected with rain staying north of Sonoma County through 7am. We do expect this line to slowly slide south during the day, but its still looking likely rain chances will decrease significantly south of San Francisco. Rain that does fall will be light and as mentioned, areas south of the Golden Gate may manage only clouds with relatively mild temperatures. We're still expecting Wednesday to be the warmest day of the week before another chance for showers (slightly better for rain) on Thursday and our best/sure bet for rain and much cooler temps arrives again for the weekend. Enjoy your Tuesday! - Rob Mayeda
    (Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012)