California Precipitation Update – Jan ’21
Executive Summary Recent reductions in precipitation levels have reduced snowpack and increased drought conditions throughout the state of California. Important points to consider include:
- July – December California cumulative precipitation levels declined to a seven year low level and the third lowest level experienced throughout 126 years of available data.
- Reduced precipitation levels experienced throughout the beginning of the current California wet season have contributed to below average snowpack levels through mid-January. Dec ’20 California snowpack declined to just 45% of normal levels, reaching a three year low seasonal level.
- Recent reductions in precipitation levels have increased drought conditions throughout the vast majority of California. Over 95% of California was deemed to be in a moderate or worse drought through mid-January, reaching a four and a half year high level.