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Storm Drops Rain, Hail, Snow in Parts of Northern California

An unseasonably cool weather system dropped rain and hail in parts of Northern California and dusted the Sierra Nevada with snow. Several ski resorts around Lake Tahoe tweeted photos of snow on the slopes on Sunday. The National Weather Service says up to 3 inches of snow could fall until midnight. Spotty showers moved across the region, where nearly a half-inch of rain fell in the northern Sacramento Valley. Hail was reported in Chico, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, as well as Rocklin and Folsom Lake.

Over 20% Of California Still Suffers From Worst Drought Possible

Two years ago, over half of California suffered from “exceptional drought”, the worst possible designation given by the U.S. Drought Monitor. That number stands at over 21% today. Huge portions of that area along the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles, and a substantial portion of area inland from there remain parched. Much of this is farmland Some of the areas most desperate will receive little or no help from the government at all.

Water Year 2016 ends, California Suffered ‘Snow Drought’

California’s 2016 Water Year drew to a close Friday, ending a fifth consecutive year marked by meager precipitation that fell more often as rain than snow. Record warm temperatures created an early and below-average runoff that was in large part absorbed by parched soil before ever reaching the State’s reservoirs. The water content of the California Sierra snowpack, often referred to as “the state’s largest reservoir,” flows each spring into a series of above ground storage reservoirs that essentially serve as California’s water savings accounts in order to meet the growing demands of an uncertain climate future.