The current strong El Nino winter is rocking California ski resorts as well as its lakes and reservoirs.
Lake Tahoe has risen to within only 11″ of its natural rim. Once it surpasses this rim, the Truckee river will begin flowing out of Lake Tahoe for the first time in over a year.
Folsom lake is currently at 520,000 acre-feet (AF) and it’s getting damn near its legal capacity of 577,000 AF.
Just a couple of months ago, Folsom lake hit its lowest ever recorded level.
Even California’s largest reservoir, Lake Shasta, has skyrocketed of late rising to 73% of its historical average.
Make no mistake, California is still experiencing a historic drought. Most of California is still feeling the effects of an Exceptional Drought (D4, the highest level of drought), so there is no need fire up the the ALS challenge again just yet.
We need a lot more to make this thing right, but in the meantime, we can celebrate some very significant gains in California water storage.
Oh, it also doesn’t hurt the California ski resorts are experiencing the most snow and best conditions in 5 years…
Sugar Bowl = 361″ of snowfall this season, the 3rd most in North America.