Will the 2014 Drought in California Set A Record?

TitleWill the 2014 Drought in California Set A Record?
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2014
AuthorsRoos, Maury
Conference Name82nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the Western Snow Conference
Date Published2014
Conference LocationDurango, Colorado
KeywordsCalifornia, drought, extreme, precipitation, reservoir storage

Once again, severe drought is affecting California snowpack and water supply. Water year 2013 in California ended on a dry note with depleted reservoir storage. The new water year got off to a record poor start in many places with extremely low precipitation and snowpack. At the end of January, it looked like 2014 could become the driest water year of record. February arrived with above normal precipitation to avert a dire situation. However, 2014 is still one of our driest water years, probably to rank 4 in over 100 years. This paper will examine precipitation, snowpack, runoff, and reservoir storage in this third year of drought in California.