Mike Smith is a meteorologist with the national Weather Service in Sacramento.
"Well, obviously it's a over a once in a 100 year event, so it's fairly rare," he says.
Smith says Sacramento is also likely to see a record high temperature today -- at 70 degrees. The old record was 69.
"Typically this time of year in Sacramento, we get right around the mid 50s and we're expecting a high today of 70s so that's about 15 degrees above normal," Smith says. "Some places in the northern valley will be pushing about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year."
If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies just as California is leading the way with initiatives for renewable energy and climate change.
A winter forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Thursday shows the California drought may persist or intensify in parts of the state.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday for not responding to a petition to protect 16 amphibian and reptile species in California