This week's powerful Pacific storm delivered welcome rain to area reservoirs. According to Louis Moore with the Bureau of Reclamation, much of this rain goes directly into storage.
Folsom Lake is now at 34 percent capacity after seeing about a four foot rise with this storm. That equates to nearly 1.3 million gallons of added water. Shasta Lake, which is larger and feeds the entire state with water, rose nearly 12 feet and is now at 29 percent capacity.
Moore says reservoirs are still low and water conservation will need to continue. He says we hit near historic lows as recently as November due to the prolonged three year drought.
The key to putting more water into the reservoirs now will be more cold storms delivering abundant snow. The snow will help to keep the water through the winter and then it will runoff into area reservoirs for spring and summer deliveries for agriculture, businesses and environmental requirements.
Our current snow water equivalent in the Sierra averages 40% statewide. December through March tend to be the months with the highest snowfall with the peak in January. Runoff typically starts in April.