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Dry December in Sierra Nevada

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The California Department of Water Resources says statewide reservoir storage was about 125-percent of average at the beginning of this month.   Maury Roos is Chief Hydrologist with the Department.  He says that amount could drop to115-percent if dry weather continues in the Sierra Nevada for the rest of December.

 "If that happens then the water year is likely to be less than average. Right now we're about thirty percent of the way, so it's a little too soon to get too worried I'd say especially when we have this good cushion of storage."

Roos says December is usually when the state starts to gain more water in its reservoirs-and the dry weather now might make catching up tough in January and February.  

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