Tuesday, February 17, 2009

'Rain! Rain Feel Good' -- Tarzan

Here at the Water District, we love that quote.

So far, February has brought nothing but good news in terms of rain locally and snow in the Sierra. Even though it has rained pretty solidly the last few days, we still have a lot of catching up to do.

At our Bollman Water Treatment Plant, we’ve measured 3.4 inches of rain in February, and that doesn’t count the deluge today (Feb. 17). We’ve had measureable rain in all but six days so far this month, compared to only six days of rain in January. Another big storm is forecasted to arrive this weekend.

In the Bay Area, rainfall is now about 80 percent of the average for this time of year.

If you have friends who ski, they’ve been talking about all the snow.

All that’s good and we’re encouraged, but the drought isn’t over.

Up in the Northern Sierra -- where much of the water in the Delta originates – snowfall totals are moving up. That’s what we’re watching here at the District, since the snowpack is like a giant reservoir holding water until the spring and summer months.

As of this morning, the snowfall total was 23.5 inches. That’s less than what it normally is at this time (January was incredibly dry in the Sierra as well) and remember most of the major reservoirs in the state are still well below where they should be. Shasta is about 45 percent of where it should be at this time of year.

We’ve kinda enjoyed replacing the windshield wipers on the car and digging the umbrellas out from the back of the closet…but we need a lot more rain and snow.

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