California is finally getting the help it needs from Mother Nature

- Despite the last couple of dry weeks in California, reservoir levels are on the rise and the Sierra snowpack is above seasonal averages which will likely allow lake levels to continue rising right into the summer.  This likely has many Californians breathing a little easier these days.  While still in the grips of the worst drought in state history, a little glimmer of hope with December and January precipitation coming in above average.  One of the larger reservoirs in the northern part of the state has seen a drastic rise in levels over the last couple of months…

While still historically well below where the lake typically is this time of year, one of the main water sources for Sacramento and San Francisco has nearly doubled its capacity in just the last 8 weeks.  And with high elevation snowpack above average, signs point to lake levels continuing to rise for a while.  Here is what snow levels look like compared to average, tweeted by the National Weather Service office in Sacramento.

While lower elevation snow levels are below average, mostly because of the recent warming and that rain melted most of it earlier in the month, it’s really the high elevation snowpack that matters because it can last well through spring and into summer, allowing for slow melting and continued flow on area streams and rivers that flows right into reservoirs.  All high elevation areas are well above average.  With a relatively dry February for the state, a pattern change is needed to get more precipitation in the typically very wet month of March… hopefully this can happen and we can keep the ball rolling on recovery and give residents a little breathing room for water usage the rest of the year.

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