From the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s H2outlook blog, in a post by General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger:
“The year 1976 was the fourth-driest (for the record books then) in California history. Then came 1977, the driest ever to date. The sparse rains in the spring of 1977 set the stage for a parched summer and the possibility of some severe shortages in Northern California.
“The dry cycle of 2013 and 2014 at the moment is on pace to be drier than the 1976-77 drought. But in the water world these days, there is a lot of comparing then to now.”