May 31, 2015 1:07 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California may be seized by a stubborn drought, but residents and visitors in some parts of the Sierra Nevada could be forgiven for forgetting that this month.
The Sacramento Bee says weeks of showers and snow brought four inches of precipitation to some mountain communities, more than fives the normal amount for May.
State officials and climatologists say the unusually wet weather will help replenish dwindling reservoirs and stave off summer wildfires, but do not need reduce the need for extreme conservation measures.
The Bee reports that water levels dropped in nine of the state's 12 key reservoirs in May despite the dousing the high country took.
Climate watchers say the May showers may have been the result of a developing El Nino weather pattern, a phenomenon that in some years brings wetter-than-average winters to California.
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