The recent rains have increased Folsom Lake levels to approximately 20% of capacity, up from 15% only days ago. Though far from being out of the woods, it is a promising start, as more rain is predicted for tonight, and after a Christmas reprieve, another storm is expected for next week.
Folsom Lake begins the new year with 431,178 acre feet of water, which is 90% of the average for a January 1.
Compare this to 1 year ago, when the lake was at 184,780, and it’s obvious we’re in much better shape. We’re not out of the woods yet, as the snow pack runs from about 40% of normal in the Central Sierras, to 53% in the North.
For 2015, the National Weather Service has designated California under the category ‘drought remains but improves’, it’s great to see the lake level rising, but remember that we are still in a drought, so please continue to use water wisely.