May 19, 2019
Reservoirs survive anemic rainfall year
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State water purveyors opened a new ‘water year’ Monday mindful of the weather’s sometimes extreme behavior.

The year that ended with the close of September with a rain and snowfall deficit was in sharp contrast to the prior year that reversed a 7-year drought.

• Much of Southern California ended the water year with half or less than half of average annual precipitation.

• The April 1 statewide snowpack based on over 260 snow courses was just 58 percent of average for water year 2018, a dramatic drop from 159 percent of average for the same date in 2017.

• The water year coincided with ongoing warming conditions, setting new records this summer for maximum temperatures in the South Coast region.

• Water year 2018 is indicative of California’s ongoing transition to a warmer climate, which after years of extreme variability in annual precipitation, resulted in record-breaking wildfires.
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