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Hoping for a March Miracle
By: Discover Folsom
Published: March 6, 2014
Folsom, Ca. - After an unseasonably dry start to winter, Mother Nature returned to Northern California in February bringing with her an abundance of rain. The long-awaited storms brought much needed precipitation to the drought-stricken area and essential water to Folsom Lake.
Heavy rainfall in the foothills has produced noticeable changes at Folsom Lake. Since February 6, when the lake reached its lowest point of the year, the water level has increased more than 39 feet. During the same one-month period, the reservoir's capacity has climbed from 162,617 acre-feet to 354,640 acre-feet of water, an increase of 118% or nearly 63 billion gallons of water.
At present, Folsom Lake is at 36% capacity, 63% of its historical average for this time of year. The total capacity of Folsom Lake is 977,000 acre feet.
Despite recent storms, the year-to-date precipitation total for Folsom is well below its annual average of 23.46 inches. Folsom has received nearly 10 inches of rain for the season, of which, more than 70% dropped on Folsom during the month of February (7.37 inches). Additionally, the accumulation of snowpack in the central Sierra's, the primary source of water flow into Folsom Lake, is less than 40% of its historical average.
California water officials warn that the drought is far from over. Northern California will need several more rain/snow events this year to fill the state's major reservoirs, including Folsom Lake.
Nonetheless, the recent rains and rising water levels at Folsom Lake are lifting hopes for another March Miracle.
Stay hopeful Folsom, miracles do happen.