In what Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District Gen. Mgr. Greg Thomas called “good news for the Escondido area,” rainfall continues to pile up both locally and in the Sierra snowpack, which makes a big difference in what water is available to Southern California.
According to local experts, we are beating rainfall averages both statewide and locally: As of Tuesday, statewide, the snow-water content in the North, Central and Southern Sierras is 124% of normal as of this date, and 82% of what would be expected for the full water year, which ends April 1, 2019. What is interesting is the statewide average jumped from 115% to 124% in one day. That reflects some very heavy snowfall.
Locally, we recorded 2.41 inches of rainfall for the entire month of January and but 2.16 inches for the first four days of February.
More could be in the forecast, if the past is any predictor of the future.
Well it’s only February 7 and San Diego County has all of February and March ahead so history would suggest more rain and snowfall. But this California; which is historically very fickle when it comes to weather.
Snow in the central and northern Sierra’s is critical because it is the watershed for the State Water Project which supplies about half of San Diego County’s imported water supply.