Water Year Off To Strong Start For Northern California


The Water Year is off to a strong start across Northern California. 

The National Weather Service says nearly 16-inches of rain has been recorded at the Shasta Dam since October 1st. Normal for this time of year is about six-and-a-half inches. Sacramento usually averages about one-point-six inches of rain between October 1st and November 15th. California’s most recent “water year,” which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, was the second-driest on record in terms of statewide precipitation. California had its warmest ever statewide average monthly temperatures in October 2020 and June and July 2021, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s national Centers for Environmental Information.

State regulators have temporarily lifted curtailments for farmers and other large water users after last month’s storms increased flows in the state’s major rivers and streams. It’s likely regulators will soon reinstate those restrictions for some areas of the delta formed by the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems.


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