California has been inundated with rain thanks El Niño. Parts of the Golden State were slammed with rain this week causing flash flooding in the Southern region. Meanwhile, Agriculture Department meteorologists say El Niño has peaked in the Pacific Ocean.
Despite of all the rain, California’s reservoirs are still very low. The storage system is used to capture rainfall and snowmelt runoff for use later in the year.
El Niño is producing snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The snowpack is looking promising according to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Current snowpack measurements are 16 inches more than they have been recorded since 1965.
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“This is clearly much better than it was last year at this time,” says Frank Gerhke of the DWR, “but we haven’t had the full the effect of the El Niño. If we believe the forecast that El Niño is supposed to kick in throughout the rest of the winter and into the spring.”
DWR sensors scattered across the Sierras measured statewide the snowpack holding 10 inches of water equivalent which is 105% of the December average. On a normal year the snowpack provides 30% of California’s water needs as it melts in spring and early summer.