Archive for date: March 26th, 2016
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On March 25, NOAA released its outlooks for temperature and precipitation for the month of April. These outlooks were put together keeping in mind ongoing strong El Niño conditions — which were supposed to be highly favorable for breaking the back of the California drought, or at least refilling reservoirs to above cracked-mudflat levels.
While the country east of the Rockies will be grumbling about colder than normal temperatures, Southern California will continue to be warm and sunny. Sea surface temperatures will be warmer than average — so surfing and diving and general beach activity should attract crowds to the coast.
California’s snowpack usually reaches its peak in the early spring each year near the first of April. Melting of the snowpack increases as the sun’s path across the sky moves a little northward each day and solar radiation intensifies on the ground.
Snowpack surveys by the Department of Water Resource (DWR) in late March and early April are indicators of how much water California will reap from the melting snowpack, which in normal years provides about 30 percent of the state’s water.