No, this is not Family Feud, but we might have a few choice words to say about another disappointing winter snow season.
Despite the storms of the past month, the latest snow survey show dismal water locked up in the Sierra snowpack. On average across the state, the snow water equivalent is only 33 percent of average. The north has the least with 25 percent of normal with the central Sierra having the most at 39 percent.
While these are better numbers than we had back in mid-February, this winter will go down as least snowy in over a decade and the third well-below-normal snow season in a row. Here are the numbers for 2012 and 2013.
April 2, 2012:
April 2, 2013:
This means a lot less water will run into the reservoirs this spring and summer than is usual or needed. These reservoirs are already at near-record low levels. Of course, this means there is no reason for hope for farmers and ranchers getting any more water allocated for their use.
There is a glimmer of hope, but it is on the far distant horizon. El Nino conditions are expected to develop through the summer, and if the magnitude holds into next winter, we very well could be in for an abundance of storms next winter. However, that is a long way off and until, then Californians will have to adjust their usage of water in a drought that will won't get any better for a few more months.
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Several major fires have ignited across Southern California as Santa Ana winds continue to whip across the area.
One of the strongest Santa Ana wind episodes of the season is expected this week across Southern California.
The northwestern U.S. will continue to get pounded with rain, wind and snow this week as several storm systems move through. The second half of the week will turn more active for California as the storms dip farther south.
Another storm system will arrive in the Northwest Saturday night bringing more snow as chilly air remains in place.
Two storm systems will deliver mountain snow and rain to the Northwest and California over the next few days.
Gusty winds will continue into Monday across California but winds will gradually weaken. A late week storm will bring cooler air and rain to the state.
Cool air will descend across the Northwest with mountain snow expected at times through Friday. Episodes of gusty winds will continue to threaten California.
A strong storm system will bring chilly air, rain and mountain snow into the northern Rockies towards the end of the week.