California's Northern Sierra Mountains Break Wettest Water Year Record
SACRAMENTO, CA - It’s been less than two weeks since Governor Jerry Brown declared the official “end” of California’s drought crisis, and already the state is breaking records for the wettest year ever. According to the National Weather Service office in Sacramento, California’s northern Sierra Mountain range has achieved its wettest water year in recorded history.
Following a survey of eight different weather stations in the mountain range, totals showed the average rain and melted snow level to be 89.7 inches. According to The Washington Post, this passes the previous 34-year record of 88.5 inches set in 1982-1983. What’s even more notable about this record is that California is not even done measuring for this water year. The state will continue totaling its record wetness all the way until September 30.
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) April 13, 2017
As you may have noticed from our coverage of storms rolling through California over the past few months, rain and snow have been perpetually been falling in the state since this past October. According to the Post, every single month except November produced above-average amounts. WeatherBell Analytics Meteorologist Ryan Maue even calculated that California has received the equivalent of 90-trillion gallons of water since October, the greatest volume on record, the source reports.
“This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” said Governor Brown in his statement earlier this month. “Conservation must remain a way of life.”
This news also comes just a few days after the federal government announced that California officials upped its water allocations this year so farmers will receive 100 percent in Central and Southern regions.
As more precipitation is expected in the state throughout the rest of this week and beyond, keep updated with AndNowUKnow as we continue to cover California’s water situation.