Field cracked and dry because of droughtWhile a wetter week is expected for much of the U.S. this week, California is a major exception, and conditions have reached the dire point at which some farmers are starting to give up on crop output for this summer. The growing lack of rain and snowfall has been not just damaging to crop output directly, but also to moisture available from Sierra Nevada snowpack and reservoirs like Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville, which are both below 50% capacity. The snowpack is nearly all melted much quicker than normal, and that could mean the state’s water stores are below 10 million acre-feet by this fall, threatening California’s long-term agricultural viability and causing some reservoirs to potentially dry up completely. See more on the California drought situation.