Skip to comments.Hope for End to Drought as El Niño Fills California Reservoirs
Posted on 03/15/2016 7:00:40 AM PDT by Rockitz
The Pacific El Niño is back with a vengeance and with it, the hope that California can climb out of its devastating, four-year-long drought.
After a relentlessly dry, hot February, powerful rainstorms in early March have dropped billions of gallons of water into Californias depleted reservoirs.
Lake Shasta, the states largest and most critical reservoir, has risen 28 feet in the last month and now sits at 77 percent capacity and 101 percent of average for March according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Meanwhile, Lake Oroville, the states second-largest reservoir, was at 69 percent capacity and 96 percent of its average for March on Sunday, and the East Bays Pardee Reservoir hit 89 percent capacity, and 103 percent of average for March.
Those figures are significant; in July 2014, ten of the states largest 12 reservoirs registered less than 50 percent full. At the time, Lake Shasta was at 36 percent capacity; just three months ago, in December, it was at 29 percent.
Last week, operators opened the floodgates at Folsom Dam for the first time in four years so as to avoid overfilling the lake. In June, officials had ordered all boats out of Folsom Lake due to the rapidly shrinking water level.
When taken together with the increasing snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains which rose to 92 percent of normal on Monday after weeks of melting in the hot February sun observers are hopeful that California could finally find a path out of the drought. As El Niño tapers off through spring and early summer, it could still produce enough snow in the Sierras so that runoff will continue to fill reservoirs through the dry months.
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The rain has been beautiful.....we thank our Lord!
when will the complaining start?
I’m sure the EPA will find a way to deny the water to needed agricultural uses
Delta Smelt gotta swim first!
We need to build larger reservoirs, not a bullet train to Los Banos.
when will the complaining start?
You just started it.
“when will the complaining start?”
Climate change and full reservoirs — BAD.
If the totals go half an ounce past average, wackos will scream global warming.
They will not admit the drought is over till the can declare a flood emergency and need for more more government control.
A blessing to all, very good news.
Jerry Brown will come up with a way to tax it.
Now we can get back to using 6-gallons of water to grow a single almond in California. /S
You mean that water completely disassociates into hydrogen gas and oxygen gas when it waters a tree?
The Drought will NEVER be over, They never officially ended the drought from the 90’s, we still have thousands of “Drought Management” employees in the State from the mid 90’s., Oh and we still Have the RATE INCREASES from the MANDATORY RATIONING from the 90’s.
God forgives Californica once again.
Mercy = Undeserved Love.
Praise God for Mercy....forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others...
Restaurants quit automatically serving water, hotels had instructions for bathing, brushing teeth, shaving and using toilet.
Actually, that is correct. A large part of CA is desert or arid. El Niño will peter out soon and the libs will not have addressed reality in any way.
I waiting for El Nino just start LOL!
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