Drought Conditions are Reaching the North State

Drought Conditions are Reaching the North State

Posted: Feb 9, 2018 6:29 PM

Redding, Calif -- The lack of rain and snow has some people in California worried.
After going through one drought, many are asking although the sunny days are nice , could this mean the beginning of another drought?
Action news now spoke with the Department of Water Resource on Friday to see what they think.
“I think its important to note that California’s climate is the most variable in any state," said Lauren Bisnett.
Bisnett adds, California’s weather swings from dry conditions to floods and back to dry so this year’s weather isn’t that bad.
However, the National Drought Monitor states that Butte , Tehama and parts of Shasta County are expecting an quote “abnormally dry” season.
This refers more to the moisture in the soils.
But as the Department explained to us, 2017’s rainfall could be our silver lining.
“On average five to seven storms make up California’s water budget each year and 2017 was really noteworthy for the big number of storms that made land fall in Califonria.”
Adding that we’re only half way through the rainy season and could see more rain as winter continues.
But even if we don’t Shasta Dam is at 74 percent capacity, which is slightly above average and could help the situation.
So officials at the dam say they are working hard to maintain our water.
"There's no rain in the near future so we're just starting to cut back (on water releases) to manage the storage," said public information specialist for Shasta Dam Sheri Harral.

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