October 22, 2020
Rainfall year comes up short, an impact of climate change
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Water supply watchers are beginning a new rainfall year as of October 1st.

The year 2020 had some remarkable variables with Southern California coming in with above-normal precipitation while Northern California was mostly dry.

The Sierra snowpack was snowpack just 50 percent of average on April 1 making it the 10th smallest in California since 1950. California’s reservoirs received just a third of the water runoff from precipitation and snowmelt that they did during the same time period a year ago.

“California is experiencing the impacts of climate change with devastating wildfires, record temperatures, variability in precipitation, and a smaller snowpack,” said Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth.
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