It Poured in California in December. Can We Stop Talking About the Drought?
Monthly precipitation totals across northern California ranged up to 16-20 inches across the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, which boosted water levels in California’s biggest reservoirs in the north. But even so, reservoir levels are below-average as of the first week of January. The state’s largest reservoir, Lake Shasta, remains at only 42% capacity, which is 24% below historical levels for this time of year. The accumulated dryness of the past three years has left a large hole to fill.