The California story on this historic drought is about to add another chapter. The next 90 days will be telling since about half of the state’s annual precipitation happens between December and February.
Epic rain in October and a decent November has set up parts of northern California to ease some of the drought conditions. Extreme northern California has continued to stay out of drought since mid-October. Southern California has not seen the same plentiful precipitation, and so much of that part of the state remains in exceptional drought.
Dec.1 is the date the state starts to compare snow pack averages. The state average so far for the Sierra is at 61 percent for this time of year. The northern Sierra is coming out slightly above this average at 85 percent, but this region still needs nearly 70 inches of precipitation to catch up after five dry years.