Northern Sierra closing in on a record

It's safe to say this has been a banner year for California and we are on pace to set a new record for precipitation in the Northern Sierra.

Everywhere you look in the Sierra, you can see the massive snowpack. Homes and roads are loaded with snow and you can see the big storms like tree rings, they mark the bigger storms with settling between storm cycles.

We have been marching on a path that could make history. The wettest water year for the Northern Sierra was the big 1982-83 El Nino season.  We saw storm after massive storm and over the eight major weather stations in the Sierra, averaged more than 88" of liquid. Some of that was rain in warmer storms, and some of that was Storm Water Equivalent, what you would get if you melted the snow. 

We are about 10 inches away from that record and have a few months to go. Storm traditionally drop-off past April, so we have a little more time before the clock runs out for the bigger storms.

This month has been fairly dry, but the Climate Prediction Center is crunching the numbers and is indicating that we could end the month with another series of storms. It's tough to say how wet it will be, but every drop pushes us closer to the record.

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