As a westerner who will be directly affected by the current drought (which is ll over the west, not just California), the best I can hope for is that the forest fire smoke won't be too bad. Bad is when it turns on the street lights in the daytime, which it has been known to do.
At worse, we'll have range wars for the water. The subject is a sensitive one in the first place, with all sorts of tradition about water rights, and the reality of what people will do when they are thirsty. Toss in capitalism, like Nestle, who will continue to pump ground water out of California so that they can sell it for a buck a bottle. Add California farmers, who produce nearly 100% of some of our grocery store veggies, who are now trying to figure out what they can manage to grow with reduced water, or if they can make even more money by not growing anything and selling their water to the highest bidder, and things start getting interesting. Toss in the reality that most of the water is now used to grow alfalfa and other crops for the cattle industry, and things start getting just plain ugly. At least in the name-calling department.
Then you have the anti-government landowners who will start shooting people over water, especially when there isn't any. Dying of lead poisoning over water that isn't even there has to be a bummer.
Now, if you're still in the mood for bad news, add to all of that our crumbling dam infrastructure here in the west; some of them may fail in the foreseeable future because nobody wants to spend any money maintaining them at the level required to keep them from falling apart. Which, in most cases, will be fatal to at least some of those living down stream. OF course, if all the water dries up, the dams won't hurt anyone when they fall apart. A bright spot in an otherwise bleak picture.
Other than that, how has your day been?