Is It Too Early To Talk Drought?

Is It Too Early To Talk Drought?

Is it too early to start talking drought?  According to the State Department of Water Resources, the state’s major reservoirs continue to be well above their historical averages thanks to last year’s record year.  Unfortunately, the water content of the January snowpack is only slightly higher than it was in January 2015 while we were in the middle of a crippling statewide drought.  DWR will conduct the season’s second manual snow survey on Thursday at Phillips Station.  On average, the snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melts in the spring and early summer.  The greater the snowpack water content, the greater the likelihood California’s reservoirs will receive ample runoff as the snowpack melts to meet the state’s water demand in the summer and fall.  Water officials are staying optimistic as we are only halfway through California’s rainy season.

 

Written by KVGC Staff

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