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Drought Worsens Despite Rare August Rain
 
08.21.2014
 
Growers expect to complete harvest without problems, but another dry year could be catastrophic
 
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Nearly 100% of California met parameters for severe drought when the Climate Precipitation Center released its Drought Monitor on Aug. 12. Source: Richard Tinker / CPC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP
Sacramento, Calif.—As federal officials note in the most recent report on drought conditions in the United States: “A strange thing happened on the path to California’s historic drought: It rained.”

A tropical system from the Pacific drew light showers and high humidity across much of California in early August. The rain and overcast conditions provided some irrigation relief and slowed the evaporation of water from storage ponds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, noted the rain did not provide any substantial relief because only a few areas received heavy showers, and most of that fell outside of the state’s key watersheds.

In Southern California’s San Bernardino County, intense rainfall Aug. 3 led to the surreal situation of some people suffering from flood damage during one of the worst droughts in California’s history. The water left as quickly as it arrived, and almost none of it could percolate into the area’s soil to provide any significant drought relief.


 
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Wine Pioneer 'Dr. Dan' Dies on Long Island
 
08.20.2014
 
Dr. Herodotus Damianos founded Pindar Vineyards and Duck Walk Vineyards
 
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Dr. Herodotus "Dan" Damianos
Riverhead, N.Y.—Herodotus Damianos, known in the wine industry as Dr. Dan, passed away Aug. 18 after a long illness. A pioneer in grapegrowing and winemaking on Long Island, he purchased 30 acres of land on the North Fork in 1979; the following year he planted Chardonnay vines and founded Pindar Vineyards. While he continued his medical career as an internist, he added acreage to his vineyard and promoted the winery. By the late 1980s, the quality of Pindar wines was established, and his wines were served at the inauguration of U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

In 1994 Damianos expanded, opening Duck Walk Vineyards in Southampton on the South Fork of Long Island with his son Alexander. Today, Pindar Vineyards has 450 acres of vineyard with 17 varieties of grapes and, with a production of 70,000 cases of wine per year, Pindar is the largest winery on Long Island. Duck Walk encompasses 140 acres, produces approximately 35,000 cases and now has a tasting room on the North Fork as well as at the original winery.


 
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