A series of Pacific storms will bring heavy rain, mountain snow and gusty wind to San Diego County starting later this week and extending through early next week. The first storm is expected to hit late Wednesday night, and gusty winds, rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms are expected. Predicted rainfall amounts range from less than two-tenths of an inch in the deserts to one- to two-thirds of an inch of rain west of the mountains to three-quarters of an inch to 1.5 inches in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
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Rain has finally been falling hard in California, where reservoirs are filling up fast. After six years of punishing drought, that’s obviously a good thing. But it creates a balancing-act challenge for the state’s water managers. Keep too much holed up in storage and the system will overflow if the precipitation keeps coming. Open the hatches too much and, if Mother Nature doesn’t provide any more deluges, California will be parched when the rain stops.
Southern California’s drought emergency is over, but its overall drought may not be. It depends what you mean by “drought.” Rain caused flooding across the state and began refilling important water reservoirs last week. Big snows in the Rocky and Sierra mountains also seem to ensure Southern California’s two largest sources of drinking water – the Colorado River and the rivers of Northern California – will be flush with snowmelt during the year to come.
Blue skies will give way to storm clouds, gusty winds and snow this week as storms arrive in Northern California. The three storms will not bring as much rain as last week’s series of storms, according to the National Weather Service, but additional runoff is expected to flow into the Sacramento River and other streams and creeks. In total, over the next seven days the North State could see 6 to 8 inches of rain.
When Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed 2017-2018 budget last week, it didn’t include additional funding for the restoration of the Salton Sea. Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia represents the 56th district, which includes eastern Riverside and Imperial Counties. “On my end, you know, certainly disappointed that right out the gate there wasn’t a funding identified and included in the initial budget demonstrating a commitment to this issue that isn’t just a Southern California issue, but certainly a statewide issue as it relates to water in California,” Garcia said.
All K-12 schools across the state now have the opportunity to get their water checked for lead by their water department. It’s a push by the State Water Resources Control Board to make sure all California schools have access to safe drinking water. “Everybody saw what happened back east. I think that’s where a lot of the concerns are, but we have a lot of things in place from preventing any of that from happening to us,” said Mike Mares, District Manager with California Water Services.
As part of its commitment to water quality, California Water Service (Cal Water), the largest subsidiary of California Water Service Group ( NYSE : CWT ), announced today that it is finalizing plans to test for lead in water in schools within its service areas. The announcement follows the release of new guidelines for lead testing in schools by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) earlier today.
A potentially epic “three-punch” series of storms that could pound the region with rain not seen in a half-dozen years is barreling toward Southern California, promising to bury the local mountains in snow and threatening to unleash mudslides and floods. “Guaranteed, Northern and Central California are going to get hosed. And we’re going to get more than a glancing blow” in Southern California, said Bill Patzert, climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “We could get the big show, too.”
Over the last few years, the state of California has suffered from a historic drought that has killed grass and plants and dried up many of our lakes and reservoirs. But there is some good news, with more heavy rain in the forecast; the drought emergency could soon be over. For the first time since 2011, the U.S. Drought Monitor has erased drought from all areas north of interstate 80 that means the drought is on its way out but we’re not in the clear just yet.
Despite a wet winter that has much of California emerging from drought, state officials are showing no sign that they’ll ease up on water regulations imposed on cities and towns over the past three years. Staffers at the State Water Resources Control Board sent a proposal Tuesday to the agency’s governing board recommending renewal of emergency drought mandates that have required urban suppliers to put specific quantities of water in reserve, or cut consumption, under the threat of fines.