So far, California is on track for an average to under-average rainfall year as of November 21 at 8 AM. But it’s been a great 48 hours in the Shasta region north of Redding where rainfall totals include 6 to 7 inches in some foothill and mountain locations (see map). The great thing about heavy rain here – Shasta reservoir collects the stuff to store and send south when the rest of the state needs it.
Shasta Dam rain went from zero precipitation a month ago to nearly 11 inches total in this water year as of today.Shasta is the headwater for the federal CVP hydraulic empire. The state’s top reservoir is Oroville that went from zero rain Oct 21 to 5 inches today, a nice start.
The state says snow water equivalents today stand at just 66% of normal for this time of year. Sacramento is expecting light rain today but no new storm until November 30.