Skiing in California right now is going off! they’re measuring their snow in feet. Why is this? El Niño of course! Skiers are rejoicing in the fact the California’s mountains once again have snow- following multiple terrible snow years. This isn’t the only positive to come out of El Niño. The water reservoirs in California were reaching all time lows, but thanks to all the precipitation in the form of snow, these same reservoirs are rising for the first time in years.
Despite all of the precipitation, approximately 69% of California is currently in a D3-D4 drought. This ranges between extreme drought and exceptional drought. Although this may seem terrible- conditions in California are on the rebound thanks to El Niño.
Some facts about El Niño in California this season (2015-2016):
- Many Tahoe resorts as of January 20th 2016 have breached the 200 inch snowfall total this season mark and here is where they sit right now:
- Sugar Bowl 337 inches
- Northstar 282 inches
- Kirkwood 281 inches
- Squaw Valley 274 inches
- Heavenly 220 inches
- Lake Oroville Reservoir near all time low on Dec 9th, 2015
- 10 days later, lake levels rose 20ft
Last Season’s annual snowfall totals in CA:
- Squaw Valley 223 inches
- Heavenly 87 inches
- Mammoth 176 inches (currently at 188 so far!)