Muslims pray for rain at California lake amid record-low water level
Amid record dry conditions around California, more than 100 people with the Muslim Community of Folsom prayed for rain during an event at Folsom Lake Saturday.
The event came as officials across California have been expressing concern about drought-like conditions.
For example, downtown Los Angeles had the driest year since 1877, when official measurements began. And only a trace amount of rain has fallen since Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service.
The Northern California event came at Folsom Lake, which has been receding to new record levels.
“Some people just look at it as, ‘Oh you’re praying for rain,’ but it’s so important,” Basma Marmosh told Fox 40 News.
Statewide forecasts developed for the California Department of Water Resources suggest that dry conditions are likely to persist this winter.
[For the Record 9:45 a.m. PST, Jan. 27, 2014: An earlier version of this post gave the incorrect rainfall total for January. Only a trace amount of rain has been recorded since Jan. 1, according to the weather service.]
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