After being faced with a long running drought, thunderstorms have finally brought much needed water to Southern California’s landscape. In addition to rain storms, snowstorms also helped the California ski resorts during this busy tourist season. California officials plan to store some of the surplus water to help the state during their next season of drought. They also have announced that the restrictions on water use, such as how often one can water their lawn, may be loosened thanks to the storms.
- Following recent storms, many Southern California lakes and reservoirs are rising again after some hit drought lows as late as November and December
- Back-to-back Pacific storms unleashed up to 11 feet of snow at Lake Tahoe ski resort, raising the Sierra Nevada snowpack’s water content to 135 percent.
- Mountain precipitation has launched the second typical Southern California ski season in a row after three years of drought-caused low snowfall.
“A few inches of new snow began falling at Southern California ski resorts by Thursday morning, with a National Weather Service winter storm warning for icy roads and up to a foot of snow in the San Gabriel Mountains and possible flooding in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.”