Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Wet, so far

Rainy season off to fast start, but drought worries linger

Major reservoir levels as of Sunday night. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

California's rain and snow season is getting off to a fast start as Thanksgiving week brought more storms, launched the ski season early and raised cautious hope for a wet year after five years of drought. The National Weather Service said that the rainy season in the northern Sierra Nevada is off to its wettest start in 30 years. The early numbers indicate the snowpack is above average.

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State initially estimates 20% of water deliveries

Palm Springs Desert Sun & Western Farm Press

The Department of Water Resources has made its initial projection of how much water public agencies can count on receiving from the State Water Project next year: 20 percent. The 29 water agencies that receive SWP water requested 4,172,786 acre-feet of water for 2017; so far, they'll get 850,000 acre-feet.

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Sierra snowpack could drop 50% by end of century

KPCC Pasadena

The all-important Sierra Nevada snowpack could be cut in half by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions aren't reduced, according to a new analysis from UCLA. In particular, this new study forecasts more warming in the mid-elevation areas between 4,000 and 7,000 feet than previous studies.

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