Monday, January 31, 2011

California precip for January by the numbers

Somebody reached up (or down, as the case may be) and turned off the spigot, but we're still OK. This is where we stand.

January rainfall
Here are the January and seasonal rainfall totals and comparisons to normal for selected California cities, according to the National Weather Service. Totals are as of Monday, Jan. 31:
Redding: month to date 1.44 inches (normal 6.29 inches); season to date 17.51 inches (normal 17.92 inches)
Sacramento: month to date 1.68 inches (normal 3.71 inches); season to date 11.06 inches (normal 9.71 inches)
Stockton: month to date 0.76 inches (normal 2.62 inches); season to date 8.81 inches (normal 7.46 inches)
Modesto: month to date 1.11 inches (normal 2.47 inches); season to date 7.50 inches (normal 6.76 inches)
Salinas: month to date 1.69 inches (normal 2.53 inches); season to date 7.44 inches (normal 6.73 inches)
Fresno: month to date 1.72 inches (normal 2.08 inches); season to date 9.88 inches (normal 5.45 inches)

Reservoir levels
Here are the percentages of capacity for California reservoirs as of midnight Jan. 30, according to the Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange Center:
Trinity Lake: 74 percent
Shasta Lake: 77 percent
Lake Oroville: 69 percent
New Bullards Bar Reservoir: 72 percent
Folsom Lake: 49 percent
New Melones Reservoir: 66 percent
Lake McClure: 78 percent
Millerton Lake: 76 percent
Pine Flat Reservoir: 65 percent
Lake Isabella: 39 percent
San Luis Reservoir: 93 percent

Here are average snow water equivalents and comparisons to normal for the date in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, according to the Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange Center. Totals are as of Monday, Jan. 31:
North: 19 inches, 105 percent of normal
Central: 23 inches, 126 percent of normal
South: 25 inches, 166 percent of normal
Statewide: 23 inches, 130 percent of normal

For more details on January weather and where it leaves us, visit soon.

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