Something is whacked52 inch/yr??? here in the midwest known for it's excellent precip, only gets 38 in/yr. Who believes that graph?
The water releases are for delta smelt (which we don't know if it is in fact extinct now or not, there is no chance of its recovery) and salmon. This has been going on for more than a few years. The rain is helpful, but we really need the snowpack. That has been less than normal the last few years.California has always had variations in rainfall. They have historically used giant reservoirs to provide water during droughts.
But a few years ago the state opted to release large volumes of water from those reservoirs for some environmental reason. Something to do with taking care of some kind of fish in the rivers.
So when the current drought hit, there was less water in the reservoirs and it was quickly depleted.
The folks in California are getting exactly the situation that their elected officials promised.
Just one of many sources
It is hard.I had no idea until just now, how difficult it is to find year to date rainfall totals for anywhere.
We have a running gag around here that involves a ginormous Sawzall and various ways to yield it, cutting along the dotted line between CA and other states, freeing CA from the "tyranny" of the Constitution, and the rest of the country from the tyranny of Kalifornication.You folks out there in Californification are always either on fire or drowning. Must be the Devils playground. Can't somebody just get a hacksaw and send you drifting out into the Pacific?
If they did it would probably tip over from being too heavy on the south end.You folks out there in Californification are always either on fire or drowning. Must be the Devils playground. Can't somebody just get a hacksaw and send you drifting out into the Pacific?