March 2016 has been unusually wet, and quite a contrast to February. The “Godzilla” El Nino this year has been a bit “Gonzo”, but overall has brought a welcome above average precipitation for northern California, after four solid drought years. The unevenness of the precipitation is some concern, and the depth of remaining surface and subsurface storage drawdown from the drought remains sizable.
Annual precipitation and snowpack are now about average overall for California. The largest reservoirs in northern California are in good shape, with sizable, about average, snowpacks waiting to trickle down in spring.