With the mother of all storms rolling across California over the weekend and more rain expected this week, can we declare the drought over? Not by a long shot. Granted, the landscape is looking greener, the reservoirs fuller and the Sierra snowpack deeper (it was at 103 percent of normal for this time of year Friday). But we are not even three weeks into winter. Deluge quickly can turn into a dry spell. Remember 2012, when we saw our last rain for a year in January? A few storms — even doozies like these — are not enough to make up for five years of drought (especially when there was only one wet year between this and the last).
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A powerful storm blasted the Sierra Nevada with waves of torrential rain and heavy snowfall on Sunday, leaving a vast swath of California bracing for potentially disastrous floods, avalanches and mudslides. The latest weather comes just days after the mountains around Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park received several feet of snow over the span of a week. At Mammoth Mountain, a ski resort bordering Yosemite, the 11,000-foot peak got 84 inches of snow in just two days.
The San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego recently took a step toward the possibility of helping the region meet its future energy needs through a new pumped storage opportunity at the San Vicente Reservoir site. The potential project would create a new, up to 500-megawatt source of renewable energy that could provide electric grid stability to the region during peak times for energy use or other days when demand for electricity is high and renewable energy supplies are scarce.