California drought’s looking good halfway through February 2019

As our readers slosh across parking lots and mop up leaks, the California drought’s looking good halfway through February 2019.

Here is the latest from the California Drought Monitor, as of Tuesday, February 12:

We’ll have to wait for next week’s update to see if this week’s big storm (fueled by a classic Pineapple Express) bleaches a larger area of the State white.

Meantime, water stored in the form of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is looking good. As of yesterday, February 14, the statewide snow-water equivalent was 29 inches. That is 102% of what is normally expected by April 1, and 135& of normal.

We are due more showers through Sunday, with chances tapering as the weekend progresses. The weather should be mostly sunny for Washington’s Birthday.