The Good News

There have been a lot more rainy days this year, which is excellent for California. El Niño has certainly increased the rain fall this season as predicted. So is that it? Is the drought over?

The Bad News

Since there was such a deficit, it is going to take several seasons like this one to end our 5 year drought. Learn more on “Will El Nino End California’s Drought” [PDF] from California Water Agencies.

El Niño Rainfall 2014/2015 & 2015/2016 Chart

According to San Luis Obispo County’s Monthly Drought Update, as of January 12, 2016, the SLO Reservoir has only reached 24% of its total average. Still a way to go. Here’s how much precipitation the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates we would need to end our drought:

Location
Northern California
Southeast California
San Joaquin Valley
% of Normal Rainfall
135-160%
160%
198%
Whether a business or household, it is very important that we all do our part. Keep a look out for our upcoming post on water conservation tips.

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