More than half of CA in 'severe' drought mode, 31% in 'extreme,' including parts of North Bay

Friday, February 26, 2021
More than half of CA in 'severe' drought mode
The Bay Area and the rest of California is currently below average with rain, with 31% in extreme drought conditions which includes part of the North Bay.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ninety-nine percent of the state is dry, according to ABC Seven News Meteorologist Mike Nicco.

More than half of the state is in severe drought mode and 31% is in the extreme drought conditions which includes part of the North Bay.

The Bay Area is abnormally dry right now, but that should have changed in January and February as they are typically our wettest months.

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The past two months were below average with rain. But the rain deficit traces back to October of last year.

Santa Rosa is down 62% with precipitation and San Francisco is 59% below average. Oakland, San Jose and Livermore are down by a similar percentage.

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Nicco says our California reservoirs are also historically below average. The Sierra snowpack could help replenish the reservoirs, but even that is below average at 64%.

So, what does that mean? "It means we're going to have tough time this summer with fire season and the possibility of drought and water rationing," said Nicco. "Maybe not that extreme, but definitely conservation coming into play."

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