Friday ended the driest spring recorded in Modesto, with only 0.17 inches of rain since late March. "It's a pretty remarkable dry period for spring," said Eric Kurth, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "There's really not much opportunity to make up for it (this summer), unless something really extraordinary happens."
The second-driest spring came in 1962, with 0.22 inches, according to Modesto Irrigation District records. The MID has measured rainfall since 1888.
The dry spell comes as part of a drought declared statewide by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Last week, he proclaimed a water emergency in nine Central Valley counties, including Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin.