‘Snow drought’ darkening California’s water outlook
Despite a spate of recent storms, scientists say California needs more winterlike weather to bolster its water supply and avoid another drought. … [M]uch of California and Nevada have seen below average rainfall since the water year began on Oct. 1. Both are still reeling from severe drought, particularly in Nevada’s Colorado River basin. … Much-needed large winter storms haven’t materialized, particularly in the northern Sierra, which was at 66% of average as of Jan. 18, and the southern Sierra, sitting at 40% of average … California climatologist Michael Anderson said a high pressure system off the coast has been consistently disrupting or slowing down atmospheric river events.