Monday, March 28, 2011

California rainfall, reservoirs by the numbers

Redding's 8.39 inches of rain for March is nearly twice the normal 4.63 inches the city has normally received at this point of the month. But we don't hold a candle to the coast; Eureka's 11.61 inches of precip for March obliterates its normal of 4.96 inches.

Here's where everything stands.

March rainfall
Here are the March and seasonal precipitation totals and comparisons to normal for selected California cities, according to the National Weather Service. Totals are as of March 28:
Eureka: Month to date 11.61 inches (normal 4.96 inches); season to date 38.07 inches (normal 32.33 inches)
Redding: Month to date 8.39 inches (normal 4.63 inches); season to date 30.26 inches (normal 28.25 inches)
Sacramento: Month to date 6.94 inches (normal 2.54 inches); season to date 21.4 inches (normal 15.92 inches)
Modesto: Month to date 3.15 inches (normal 2.07 inches); season to date 13.1 inches (normal 11.3 inches)
Salinas: Month to date 4.19 inches (normal 2.13 inches); Season to date 14.54 inches (normal 11.43 inches)
Fresno: Month to date 3.46 inches (normal 1.99 inches); season to date 14.94 inches (normal 9.64 inches)

Reservoir levels
Here are the percentages of capacity for California reservoirs as of midnight March 27, according to the Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange Center:
Trinity Lake: 85 percent
Shasta Lake: 92 percent
Lake Oroville: 81 percent
New Bullards Bar Reservoir: 80 percent
Folsom Lake: 66 percent
New Melones Reservoir: 79 percent
Lake McClure: 74 percent
Millerton Lake: 87 percent
Pine Flat Reservoir: 78 percent
Lake Isabella: 41 percent
San Luis Reservoir: 100 percent

The San Luis Reservoir, near Los Banos, can hold 2,039,000 acre-feet of water and has 2,035,210 in it, according to state figures. The reservoir has bounced all the way back from about two years ago, when it was only about 20 percent full.

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