California has had it’s share of tough droughts. The one I remember best was the vicious drought of 1987-1992 when us Northern Californians had pedantic drought restrictions, including not being allowed to wash our cars nor water our plants, and those lovely Southern Californians (who get 50% of their water from from OUR Northern Californian Sierra Nevada Mountians) didn’t have to adhere to ANY drought restrictions. Ah, tickle, tickle, we love you guys down south…you’re special.
Three years ago former California governor, Arnold Govenator, declared our beautiful state to be in a drought. Just 2 days ago, our new governor, Jerry Brownnose, lifted that drought declaration due to the impressive winter snowfall.
All in all, the numbers are looking good:
Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 165% of average.
On March 1st, 2011 we were only at 106% of average…it was a big March.
All Northern California reservoirs are currently above average and spring runoff is just beginning.
Overall, life is looking good water-wise in California this year. One of my favorite things in the world is hanging out in the hot sun on the lake or at the river with buddies, family, beers, doggers, and girls in bikinis. This summer promises to be a stellar one in Cali-for-ni-A!