With Los Angeles, Riverside and other parts of Southern California reporting the driest year on record, California's Catholic Bishops are asking their congregations to pray for rain.
"Water is essential to who we are as human beings," said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops. "Our reliance on water reveals how much we are part of creation and creation is a part of us."
Last year the city of Riverside recorded its driest year since record-keeping began in 1893, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Instruments at Riverside Municipal Airport measured only 3.36 inches from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.
Instruments for downtown Los Angeles/USC measured 3.6 inches for 2013, setting a new record for the driest calendar year in L.A. since locals began collecting data in 1877.