California’s Wet Season Hasn’t Brought Much Drought Relief and the Outlook Isn’t Promising

The Weather Channel

California’s wet season has not brought much relief so far and the outlook is not promising.

The water year, which runs from October through April, started off slowly. October was the second driest on record for California. Later, strong systems – including an atmospheric river in late January that caused flooding, debris flows and feet of snow in the Sierra – brought needed moisture to the Golden State.

The small areas of green on the map below show where the atmospheric river stalled and resulted in above average precipitation from Oct. 1, 2020 through Feb. 18, 2021. But most of the state is much drier than average for the wet season so far.

San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the many cities that have seen less than half of their average precipitation since Oct. 1.

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