From the Western Farm Press.
“Reservoirs still relatively flush from the wet winter of 2018-19 have so far saved California from having to formally declare another drought, a veteran National Weather Service forecaster says.
“After a promising start to the winter last December, a lack of rain and snow in early 2020 has left the Sierra Nevada with about two-thirds of normal precipitation in the current water year, noted Cindy Matthews, an NWS meteorologist in Sacramento.
“The Sierra snowpack on April 1 – considered the peak date – was only 54 percent of average statewide and 45 percent of average for the southern end of the range, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
“But the state’s major reservoirs are still near or above their average content for the beginning of summer, thanks to a 2018-19 wet season that recorded 137 percent of average precipitation in the Northern Sierra and produced a snowpack that averaged 161 percent of normal statewide.
“It filled up the reservoirs and carried us over through the summer” of 2019, Matthews told reporters during an update on the state’s water outlook. “The reservoirs’ high levels carried through the winter and that is what is going to save us from a drought declared in California.”
“As this summer began, Shasta Lake, the centerpiece of the federal Central Valley Project, was at 72 percent of capacity and 88 percent of its average content for the time of year. Lake Oroville, the State Water Project’s chief reservoir, was at 64 percent and 78 percent, respectively.”
Retrieved June 3, 2020 from https://www.farmprogress.com/water/california-still-benefits-wet-2018-19
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