El Niño is rapidly filling California’s once-dusty reservoirs, easing drought
Together the Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville reservoirs have a capacity of more than 8 million acre-feet of water. After a wet weekend in Northern California, Lake Shasta was above its average for this time of year, and by 4 p.m. Monday Lake Oroville had surpassed its historical average, said Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson.
The rising reservoirs, along with growing snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, are important because both are key sources of water for California. The snowpack now stands at 92% of normal statewide, with the northern area now at 102% of normal.
A key source for the state’s water works
#ShastaLake California’s largest reservoir rose 122’ since December to 79% capacity #ElNino https://t.co/qHa7gMMPUD pic.twitter.com/hGOtOOnx1N— Tom Kierein (@TomKierein) March 14, 2016
Congrats, California! Lake Shasta, CA’s most important reservoir, now at 103% of normal. 1st time since April 2013. pic.twitter.com/pDm5nqJUui— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 14, 2016
Pretty crazy what El Niño can do in a year. This is a comparison of Lake Shasta 2015 / 2016 ¿¿¿¿. #WeGoodNow pic.twitter.com/XzUBaOoKc0— Joe Namba ¿ (@joe_nam7) March 14, 2016
Shasta Dam and Lake https://t.co/JZswN2fssX pic.twitter.com/vrc35bNBBd— Trey Pitsenberger (@pitsenberger) March 15, 2016
Another key source of water for the state.
Lake Oroville is now above average as well! Joining Shasta and Folsom. pic.twitter.com/g2115oUQkF— Rob Carlmark (@rcarlmark) March 15, 2016
Loafer Creek SRA boat launch open, #LakeOroville water levels on the rise. pic.twitter.com/k3UvTgUBEN— bill husa (@billhusa1) March 14, 2016
Once-anemic Lake Folsom is now at 116% of historical average for the date and at 69% of total capacity.
Beautiful view of a healthy looking Folsom Lake. The releases are needed. The lake will be full this summer pic.twitter.com/E0SyxZznZk— Mark Finan (@kcraFinan) March 8, 2016
First time in 4 years Folsom Dam opens floodgates. Lake 2 years ago & today. #ElNino #Folsomhttps://t.co/6vxF7BGmFQ pic.twitter.com/QYKM3OyIxD— Anthony Yanez (@AnthonyNBCLA) March 8, 2016
Folsom Lake likely to see 0.9M-1.7M acre-feet of runoff April-July. Uncertainty bc of chance for late-season storms. pic.twitter.com/bCoBBcnYej— David Bienick (@kcrabienick) March 15, 2016
Hangtown creek rushing in Placerville. Water bound for Folsom Lake. Rain is done but reservoir inflows remain high pic.twitter.com/tIX0Skze8F— Eileen Javora (@kcrajavora) March 14, 2016
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