There has been a nice improvement for the Sacramento valley region regarding the serious 4-year drought.

El Niño rain has helped to fill the reservoirs in far Northern California and has helped reduce the drought by one category in the area.

It's worth mentioning that at the beginning of this water year, 46% of the state was in top-level drought and two years ago it was 58%. With the latest update we are down to 32% of the state, which is massive, but it's a slow and steady march to improving our water situation.

It's also worth mentioning that 4% of the state is considered drought free in the far Northern part of the state and there is a good chance that area will improve in the coming months.

The Sacramento Valley has seen an improvement in conditions related to our drought.  While still considered "Extreme" we have moved away from top-level "Exceptional" drought.
The Sacramento Valley has seen an improvement in conditions related to our drought.  While still considered "Extreme" we have moved away from top-level "Exceptional" drought.

While the impacts of El Niño have been quite varied across the state with a distinct wet pattern in Northern California and dry in Southern California, we have made up some solid ground.

This Spring at least three of the major California reservoirs will be close to full and a massive part of the state will have all the water they need. The key for the rest of the season is at least one more major rain event before the tap traditionally shuts off. The problem is that I just don't see it in the cards for now. The middle of April though should be wet with consistent storms and cooler weather, and that will continue to help us pull out of the drought but we still have a long way to go.

Rob Carlmark