Here are a few empirical measures of the state’s current water situation.
The snow pack in the mountains is now at least 100% of the April 1 average. Central and southern regions are well above 100%.
North: 100% of April 1
State overall: 120%
The snow water content is currently at 247% of what would be expected for this time in January. The trend is actually above the super El Niño trend from 1982-83, but I doubt it will remain above that line for rest of the season. From what I understand, El Niño conditions do not currently exist in the eastern Pacific.
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California’s water reservoirs are replenishing, with levels going up. Oroville lake, for instance, is currently at 56% of capacity. It was at around 30% as recently as December.
To keep an eye on the broader drought in the west, keep an eye on Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Those supply most of the rest of the Southwest states.
They aren’t doing very well yet. Powell seems to get most of its water from snow melt, so it doesn’t start refilling significantly until Spring. Mead gets more rain runoff, so it hits it’s peak early in Spring. Both are currently lower than at any time during the last 5 years.
I had seen a similar report elsewhere.
But, per the link waterfell provided, a few CA reservoirs including Oroville, Folsom, and Don Pedro had crossed their avg for the same time period mark. That’s nice. Now, if Shasta and a few others manage something similar, that would be helpful
For the other states, I had seen projections of one of the storms hitting the AZ-NV-CA area. I do recall, one Sept encountering torrential downpour from just outside Vegas all the way to about 60-70 miles in CA
I live right above Hoover Dam and we have been getting hammered. About 5 storms so far and another coming in a couple of days. I have had my water sprinklers off for a month. Spring is going to be awesome in the desert with all the flowers.