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.