Almost a year ago, the California megadrought was declared as being over. Now, however, it is beginning to seem like we may still be in a state of drought, going by abysmal rainfall levels in the last few months.
A visual representation of drought levels in California right now.
According to the National Drought Migration Center, approximately 92 percent of California is currently experiencing a drought. In December of 2017, about 30 percent of the state was in a state of drought. Drought conditions have rapidly spread throughout the state, leaving people feeling alarmed, as almost no time has passed since the last drought.
The current conditions are far less severe than those in 2015 and early 2016. Currently, California’s reservoirs have plenty of water, but the snowfall has been sparse so far — it is currently at approximately 20% of normal levels. While fluctuation in snowpack levels from year to year is relatively normal, California still does depend on it as one large source of water. Therefore, if lower snowfall levels persist, it could be a problem for Californians.
Thankfully, even if the drought seems like it will be continuing on for longer, most people in California are still in the habit of saving water. If you want some tips or reminders on how you can save water easily, visit some of my old blogs here, here and here.
If you’d like to continue to monitor the drought, the United States Drought Monitor updates drought conditions for California weekly. You can find this monitor here.