As this week’s above normal temperatures and wildfires probably made clear, California is very dry. Official readings taken statewide show the state’s snowpack is just 17% of normal for this time of year.
November and December helped kick-off the winter season with above normal water content, however in 2013 there has been very little accumulating snow in the Sierra and mountain ranges.
The snowpack typically provides about a third of the water used in California’s homes and farms. The DWR has not made decisions on how the low snowpack will impact water deliveries around the state.
Despite the low snowpack, storage reservoirs are near normal levels from last year’s rains, including Lake Oroville and Shasta Lake.
The Department of Water Resources make their water level readings public here.