Shasta Lake, one of many state’s largest reservoirs, is at the moment at 38% capability, a staggering quantity within the hottest months of the yr.
A part of the State Water Undertaking, an almost 700-mile lifeline that pumps and ferry water to Southern California, the reservoir is the driest right now of yr since record-keeping first started in 1976.
California depends on storms and snowpacks within the Sierra Nevada to fill its reservoirs. The state received an optimistic signal of a moist winter in late December when greater than 17 ft of snow fell within the Sierra Nevada. However the winter storms abruptly stopped, with the driest ever recorded in January, February and March. Snowpack – an important “financial institution” of water for the state heading into the summer time – has melted a lot sooner than anticipated on account of warmer-than-average temperatures.