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Rain and Snow End California Drought



(p. A18) After six years of a prolonged drought in California, it is all but over. On Friday [April 7, 2017], Gov. Jerry Brown ended the drought emergency for the vast majority of the state. The drought had reduced Folsom Lake, a major reservoir in Northern California, to less than a third of its capacity in 2015, and all but wiped out the Sierra Nevada snowpack.


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But the state's hydrologic picture brightened significantly beginning in October 2016, when a series of massive storms drenched Northern California. The rain and snow continued through the winter, swelling major reservoirs to the point that officials were forced to make releases.

Meanwhile, the state's snowpack made an impressive recovery. As of Friday, the water content in the state's snowpack was about 160 percent of what is considered normal for this time of year. By comparison, the snowpack was reported as about 5 percent of average the day Mr. Brown stood on the barren field and ordered mandatory water conservation.



For the full story, see:

MATT STEVENS. "Drenched by Winter Rain, California Is Told 'Drought's Over'." The New York Times (Sat., APRIL 8, 2017): A18.

(Note: ellipsis, and bracketed date, added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date APRIL 7, 2017, and has the title "California, Drenched by Winter Rain, Is Told 'Drought's Over'.")






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