California Likely Faces A Critically Dry Year, Officials Say

LOS ANGELES (AP) – State water authorities say California will likely face a critically dry year with much less runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack than normal. Officials say reservoirs are already showing the impact of winter precipitation well below average. The state Department of Water Resources’ latest survey from a network of electronic stations found the water content of the overall snowpack was 61% of the historical average for March 2 and 54 percent of the average for April 1, when it is historically at its maximum. The Sierra snowpack normally supplies about 30% of California’s water.