Heavy snowfall and rain struck California last week, with reports of severe flooding in parts of the state. The resulting replenishment of snowpack and reservoir levels brought some hope amid the ongoing drought conditions in the state.
However, more precipitation will be needed to top up groundwater supplies and several growers stated that despite the increased water availability, it is too early to speculate on the impact for this season’s crops.
While the majority of the state remains in drought conditions, the severity has decreased significantly compared to two weeks prior. As of 10 January, 2023, 46% of California was classed as in severe drought or worse, with less than a percentage point suffering under extreme-exceptional drought conditions. This compares to readings on 27th December 2022, when 36% of the state was rated as in extreme-exceptional drought conditions and 81% was rated as in severe drought or worse.
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