Climate Signals summary: In spite of a wet April in California, drought conditions persist - made worse by human-caused climate change - as snowpack levels are only 30% of normal.
Rain and mountain snow have returned to California after the state’s driest start to the calendar year on record.
Meteorologists are ecstatic about the influx of precipitation. “We may not have had a miracle March, but April has been awesome!” tweeted the National Weather Service office serving the San Francisco Bay area Tuesday.
The welcome wet pattern will probably delay what would have been a very early start to fire season. But the state remains entrenched in a multi-year drought.
Nearly half of California is experiencing extreme drought, the second most severe category.
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