Drought persists despite weekend storms

The parched Bay Area got a soaking over the weekend, but not enough to alleviate drought concerns, weather and state water officials said today.

The state Department of Water Resources watched reservoir levels go up over the weekend, but Northern California reservoirs are still well below their capacity, department spokesman Doug Carlson said.

"It was a fairly small storm," Carlson said. "We would need a succession of storms every single day to get back to average."

He advised residents to continue using water sparingly.

"Conservation efforts are still totally encouraged," he said.

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is hovering at about 25 percent of its normal level despite mountain storms over the weekend, Carlson said.

In the Bay Area, the heaviest rain fell in the North Bay.

According to the National Weather Service, about 20 inches of rainfall was recorded on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County and in Cazadero in Sonoma County over the weekend.

Santa Rosa recorded 5.5 inches total from Friday, Saturday and Sunday, forecaster Steve Anderson said

"As soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, rainfall totals dropped off," he said.

In San Francisco, the same time period saw 2.67 inches of precipitation, while further south in San Jose there was just under a quarter-inch of rain.

There is a small chance of rain mid-week but no major storms will be moving in, Anderson said.

He said that the region needs to have consistent rainfall for the next two months in order for water for water levels to get back to normal.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Talus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 10, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Kind of a silly article title. No amount of weekend rain would alleviate the drought. Unless it was a 72-hour monsoon, but even then...

This weekend's "storm" on the peninsula was very underwhelming. Fortunately it was on the weekend, so we didn't have to drive through it, but still...

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Posted by Hy Drometer
a resident of Bailey Park
on Feb 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Dig a spade into the ground and pry it up. Pretty sad, the soil was only wet down about 1 to 2 inches at most.

Every drought ends with a first rainfall though, and this weekend's not only helps a little in that respect, it greatly reduced the daily exterior usage by residents. Even though the creeks didn't flow, residents won't need to water anything for a while. I look at it like "banking" a day's normal usage for the future. Hoping any rainmaker comes in at anytime.

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

These last four days, from Thursday through Sunday, in Napa they had over 8" of rainfall for those four days.In Mountain View, we had less than an inch. What happened to the Pineapple Express??? Our drought does continue but more so here in Mountain View and for points south!!!!!!

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