The shore of Lake Shasta behind Shasta Dam in Lake Shasta, California, is seen Sunday, 13 March 2016. The lake's water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. Photo: Nathan Solis / The Record Searchlight

By Janie Har
14 March 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in drought-stricken California, but the El Nino-related storms also led to the death of a highway patrol officer who was struck while directing traffic on a snowy Sierra Nevada freeway.

The series of storms that started late last week was expected to taper off Monday, with warm temperatures and blue skies forecast throughout California this week.

The latest storm weakened as it moved south, bringing drizzle and a high surf advisory to Los Angeles County.

In Northern California, authorities reported that lakes Shasta and Oroville haven't been this full since 2013, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought but falling short of ending concerns about the drought.

Lake Shasta, the state's largest reservoir, was at 79 percent capacity on Monday and at 103 percent of its historical average for this time of year.

The 21-mile long reservoir north of Redding now holds 3.6 million acre-feet of water, enough to supply 3 million to 6 million households for a year. The federal reservoir is critical to farms and cities throughout the agriculture-rich Central Valley.

"It's definitely welcome news, but it's kind of a mixed bag for us," said Shane Hunt, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. "We still don't have water in all the right places to meet demand going into peak season."

For example, man-made Lake Melones in the Sierra Nevada foothills remains at just 22 percent of capacity and well below the historical average.

The state's second largest reservoir, Lake Oroville, was at 70 percent of capacity and 97 percent of its historical average. Folsom Lake, 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, was at 69 percent of capacity. [more]

Storms replenish key reservoirs amid California drought


  1. Anonymous said...

    Great news!


  2. Anonymous said...

    Pope Francis is very wise, and we should do as he says.


  3. Anonymous said...

    Francis is wrong:

    "“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” the pope said. “The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.”"

    No, life requires energy in order to exist. In a diminished, depleted world, this is a significant problem, especially in the highly developed countries like the USA, where a child will use over 80 times the resources and energy requirements as a child born to an impoverished country.

    There is also the problem with crowding and food production each child represents.

    The Church loves more brainwashed slaves to fatten its coffers in due season. No reason for people to continue to fall for the theology that has destroyed the world.  

  4. messtime said...

    Pope Francis is only correct under certain circumstances - those being a world where the population is low and there exists plenty of resources for survival and growth. Like the beginning of mankind or where there is a high death rate such as humanity experienced up until modern medicine was established. Nowadays the opposite is true - having children is most likely a selfish act: Many parents cannot afford to provide a quality life for the child but they have children anyway. And most children do not make much of a contribution to the family or community like they did in the older days. Ted Turner was correct in stating most or a lot of kids are nothing more than "Useless Eaters" especially in the western style countries. Millions of people are having children who should not be having any children at all - like me i am a low income earner: I will not marry a woman who wants kids and 99% of women want children regardless of the cost or the social environment that the kid would be raised in. There really is no hope when you look at peoples attitude towards the over-population problem in my opinion. And the church should be promoting birth control and abortion as a service to people along with their feeding programs, etc. But that will probably never happen. So many people suffer.  


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