2016 'Water Year' ends as 5th consecutive dry year with low snowfall

60% of the state remains in severe or extreme drought, water officials say

California's 2016 water year ended Friday, marking a fifth consecutive dry year with low snowfall, officials from the Department of Water Resources said.

As state water officials measure it, the "water year" runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year.

Officials said that 2016's water year is listed in the record books as "dry" statewide, despite that parts of northern California experienced above-average precipitation.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center sees slightly better than even odds that La Nina conditions will develop this fall and winter, though that does not necessarily mean there will be substantial rainfall, however.

Sixty percent of the state remains in severe or extreme drought, water officials said.

Allison Levitsky, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Maria
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 4, 2016 at 11:37 am

Since we, Californians, are in severe or extreme drought, why was rationing for 2016 optional? It seems logical that we all cut back daily...inside and out.

Building more homes and apartments seems to run counter to this idea, also.

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Posted by res1
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm

res1 is a registered user.

It is annoying to see these signs around the city that the city has put up saying "every drop counts". Then at the same time they keep approving and building new apartments and houses. If every drop counted, they would not be approving or considering more housing at this point. We have exceeded our RHNA numbers so the city should put on a moratorium on residential applications until we are out of a drought.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Maria and res1 are right on ! Remember to see what the council candidates say in upcoming election! We are in a severe drought and need to so much more!

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