Silicon Valley Records Historic Rainfall Lows

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Tuesday’s wet weather is a welcome sight for water officials in Silicon Valley, as rainfall this season as fallen to historically low levels.

“To this date it’s actually drier than any year in San Jose’s recorded history, so we’re concerned that we could end up with a very dry year,” said Santa Clara Valley Water District Spokesman Marty Grimes.

Still, he said that they’re not ready to hit the panic button just yet.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“We’re not at the point where we would talk about a drought. We’re in the middle of what might be the first dry year,” said Grimes. “If next year is dry then we’ll be more concerned. But next year could be wet again. Last year was wet, so one dry year between two wet years…doesn’t cause us a lot of issues.”

Reservoirs in the area are still 70 percent full, thanks largely to last year.

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