Jan 28, 2016

‘Modest dents’ in long-term California drought

California
USA
by
Ed Joyce
,
Capital Public Radio
Boreal Mountain Resort was one of several California ski resorts that opened earlier than normal in November after recent storms brought ample snow. Frequent storms have added to the snowpack, now above normal to date. Photo: Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio
Boreal Mountain Resort was one of several California ski resorts that opened earlier than normal in November after recent storms brought ample snow. Frequent storms have added to the snowpack, now above normal to date. Photo: Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

The U.S. Drought Monitor released January 28 partly credits El Niño moisture for "some modest dents in the armor of the multi-year drought in California."

"Slow and steady recovery continues for parts of the West this week after another beneficial round of precipitation brought with it liquid equivalent totals running from 5 to 8 inches or more in some spots in the northern Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges," according to the weekly update.