Dry in the Sierra, So Far
So far this year, precipitation in the Tahoe Sierra is well below average and reservoirs are low. As another wet storm moves through the region, water managers are glad to see the moisture.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Precipitation is down by
more than forty percent for November and December, and the Truckee River
is at minimum flow. Federal water master
Chad Blanchard says a dry early season is not uncommon.
We still have a lot of winter to go … there’s a lot
of time to catch up and it’s happened many times in the past where we started
out dry and then we got pounded … so it just depends on what the rest of the
January is traditionally the
Sierra’s wettest month. But in this
fickle El Nino year, the National Weather Service offers an ambiguous forecast
for January, with an equal chance of above or below average precipitation.
Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.