Sunday, February 16, 2014

California Water Conditon Report for February 2014

2013 ended with depleted reservoirs and a low snowpack. 2014 got off to a slow start and the trend continues. About 35% of the rainy season is ahead of us, but the snowpack is only at 25% as of Feb. 15.

The forecasted water runoff from April through July is expected to be 40% of average compared to 85% at this time last year. Water year runoff is predicted to be only 35% of average.

Low flow on the Truckee River, Truckee.

The snowpack is 25% of normal compared to 90% last year.

Reservoir storage is about 65% of average compared to 105% of average last year. The number was 50% in 1991 and 55% in 1977.

February 1, 2014 snowmelt runoff:
Truckee: 24% of normal.
Tahoe: 29% of normal.

Weather forecast:  Snow for Tahoe early 2/16, and next week 2/18.

What do the numbers mean?
The State's reservoirs are low and the snowpack is below normal. California has a water problem.

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