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Water Supplies Showing Signs Of Recovery In Santa Barbara But No Drought Relief Just Yet

The rushing water throughout Santa Barbara County in the last week is a positive sign, but the drought is not over. Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark says the Santa Barbara supply will still need multiple sources and a specific management plant to get out of the crisis the area has dealt with for over five years. Even with Gibraltar Dam filled and spilling, the water quality is poor due to fire zone runoff and other problems.  The in flow to Cachuma Lake also does not go directly to Santa Barbara but a long list of customers and environmental obligations. The last rain water from Cachuma that flowed to the city went through the delivery line in December.


San Luis Reservoir In California Could Fill For First Time In Six Years

San Luis Reservoir west of Los Banos is on its way to filling for the first time since 2011 as rain and snow bring the state additional relief from a punishing drought. Statewide, a series of storms over the past two weeks have allowed water managers to fill major reservoirs to above-normal levels for this time of year. Meanwhile, a healthy snowpack is giving southern San Joaquin Valley farmers hope that irrigation water this summer will be plentiful because the southern Sierra Nevada snowpack is now estimated at 124 percent of the average for April 1 – and winter isn’t over yet.


California’s Stormy Winter Sets Snowfall Record For Mammoth Resorts — Over 20 Feet In One Month

A set of atmospheric rivers that brought heavy rains and floods to California also dumped a record amount of snow on Mammoth Mountain in January — 20½ feet, the most in the resort town’s history, local tourist officials announced. “What a time it is to be at Mammoth,” the announcement said on, which represents area resorts. “Conditions are all-time, get out there and have the ‘best pow day of your life.’ ”


Hotter Summers Predicted In Report

Researchers predict that global warming generally will make summers hotter and winters milder from Southern California to the northeastern United States to parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The impact will vary depending on different regions of the planet, according to a report published Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. While the U.S., Canada and northern Europe are expected to see modest increases in mild to hot days, people living in the tropics should brace for significantly more heat, said authors of the study, which appears in the journal Climatic Change.


Last Of Fierce Storms Exiting; Drier Days Ahead

Powerful storms that pounded San Diego County for almost a week, flooding streets and waterways and claiming at least two lives, are finally tapering off and will be followed by a warm-up that will last through the weekend, giving the region time to dry out. A man’s body was recovered Monday from a rain-swollen creek in North County, and rescue crews were still searching the area for a child who may have been swept away by the surging water.