Department of Water Resources
As California endures one of its driest winters, on record, some state water managers are focused on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum — the one in five residents who live in regions susceptible to catastrophic flooding.
There’s more bad news for California water users: the snow pack is just half the amount of normal and has already begun to melt.
It’s official, and it’s not good news for thirsty Californians: January and February have been the driest on record.
State water managers say a recent spate of storms has brought California’s water supply up to more than half of normal levels, but that is still not enough rain to change dry conditions in Southern California.
There’s more bad news for Californians dependent upon Sierra snowmelt for water—the state snow survey on Tuesday measured just 30 percent of normal.
California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday.
State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year’s dry winter, leaving California’s snowpack at below average levels.
The state Department of Water Resources took its final snow survey of the season on Monday and found the water content in the snowpack was 144 percent of normal.
Recent storms have made up for January’s dry weather, keeping California’s snowpack above average, state water officials reported Tuesday.
California officials expect to deliver more water to farms and cities than they did last year despite a relatively dry January.