BAKERSFIELD, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Heavily-grazed pastureland remains barren and dry at the height of the rainy season on February 14, 2014 east of Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and dating back as far as 500 years, according to  some scientists who study tree rings.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)