Article courtesy of Amanda Venegas | January 16, 2015 | Abc30 News | Shared as educational material
The conditions have been unusually warm. Video was taken Friday at China Peak as the mountain felt the warm sun. Back on the Valley floor, the rain totals have been tallied.
“As far as how we’re doing for the water season that begins on July 1st, we’re actually below average on that as well,” said Latino. “So we’ve received just over 3 1/4 inches of rain this water season. We should be over 4 inches, so we’re running at about 70 percent of normal right now.”
The winter months are critical for rain in the Valley and snow in the mountains. Experts fear the storms we saw earlier weren’t enough to bring us back from drought conditions.
“The effects of that are already past us. The runoff has dropped back to very low levels. Much of the precipitation that fell over the mountains just simply soaked in because things were so dry,” said J. Randall McFarland, spokesman for the Kings River Water Association & Friant Water Authority.
McFarland says without a strong snowpack, many water systems will likely have to deal with the hand they’re given this year. He said, “We’re going to have to really bite the bullet and there’s going to be a lot of hurt, especially among farmers whose wells are failing, don’t have surface water, communities that are hurting for water supply. The list just goes on and on.”