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Weather Blog

Date: 2/21/2017

Title: More Wet in the Far West

Late last week and over the weekend big rains once again hit the far west along with big snows in the Sierras. The pace of precipitation in the far west this winter has been at record levels with no signs of it letting up anytime soon.

Rainfall of 5 to over 10 inches was common in central and southern areas of California over the past week with more stormy weather on tap for this week.

The map below shows precipitation relative to normal since the beginning of the water year (October 1, 2016). As you can see, most of California and other portions of the west (Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada) have many areas (blue and purple) that are between 150 to 600% of normal!

The central and northern Sierra Nevada has received precipitation at a record pace this water year. In fact, the pace is ahead of the record years of 1982-1983. Long range trends suggest that more rain and mountain snows are on the way for the rest of February and into March.

Last week’s drought monitor in the west continues to show improvement (below). The next update will include this past week’s rainfall and will show even more improvement, especially in Southern California.


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