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Water Watch: Reason For Hope

January 27,2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 4.16.44 PMAs we come into the what is typically the wettest time of the year in California here are a few bullet point to to offer reason for hope after 4 years of drought.

-Latest snow pack stats show the North is 129% normal, Central 118%, South 117%. Best since 2011 for the date.

-Good News On The Kings River: Pine Flat Dam has seen nearly 13 inches of rain this season compared to 12 inches for all of 2014 and 8.5 in for all of 2013. Storage is 190,000acre ft- ahead of storage for this same date for the past two years with the snowpack building at higher elevations. February 1 average for snowpack is 99%

-On the upper San Joaquin River Huntington Lake snowpack is 74% of April 1 average and for the whole basin it is 61%. February 1 average is 96%. December San Joaquin stations precip was 142% of average.

Santa Margarita Reservoir has seen 15 inches of rain so far this year, ahead of the total for all of 2014 water year, and ahead of this date in 2015. The reservoir is an important source for SLO County.Rain total at the lake doubled since the turn of the year. Storage this month at another big SLO County reservoir, Nacimiento Lake has jumped from 17% to 22 % in the past few weeks on heavy rain.

Lake Shasta: Rainfall at Shasta Dam has more than doubled in January from 15in to more than 36 inches as of January 27.  The state’s most important reservoir has gone from 1.42mil af or 31%of capacity as of Jan 1 compared to 2.17mil af or 48% of capacity. Today’s storage that stands at 2.17mil af compares to 1.65mil af for Jan 27, 2014 and 1.98mil af for the same date in 2015.

-State water system’s most important reservoir – Lake Oroville  is looking better as well having reached 1.38mil af as of today compared to just 1mil af of storage as of Jan1,2016. The dam received 17.50 in of rain so far this water year compared to just 20 in for all of 2014 and  26.5 in for all of 2015. Now it just has to keep raining.

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Here is a look at precipitation totals for the week ahead.Pretty impressive! Reservoirs will feel the love.

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