Drought is still ‘very serious’ in California, despite near record snow
Members of the ski patrol at Northstar Ski Resort in Truckee, Calif. The snow, beyond reinvigorating the ski industry, is providing a glimmer of hope that California’s devastating drought might be coming to an end. Photo: AP
If an enormous El Niño weather pattern continues to churn out near-record precipitation, the state could start to recover from a drought that is entering its fifth year. But state water officials are cautioning that it will take more than a single winter to counteract the worst drought on record.