The National Weather Service says 1.3 inches of rain fell in the city, breaking the record for April 1.
Drew Peterson is a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Sacramento. He says the rain was also significant for another reason:
"1.3 inches is our average April precipitation, so we got our entire monthly precipitation in the course of one day."
Peterson says over the past week or so, three separate storms dumped a total of 2.4 inches of rain on the Sacramento area.
During the same time period, between six and eight feet of snow fell in the Sierra.
The Sierra as seen early Wednesday from a commercial airliner. Between six- and eight-feet of snow fell in recent storms. The recent storms bring the Sierra Nevada from one of the lowest snowpacks on record, according to Dr. Kelly Redmond, Desert Research Institute deputy director and regional climatologist. "We’re still in the bottom 5 for the last 100 years," he says. Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio
Peterson says Folsom Lake is now about 71 percent of where it would normally be. In early February, it was only a quarter of normal.
Folsom Lake, as seen early Wednesday from a commercial airliner, is now at 71 percent of seasonal normal following the recent rainfall. Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio
Despite the rain, Patterson says the Sacramento area is still only about half of normal for the water year.
The drought intensified over the last week in the Western U.S. as the region swelters under a heatwave and firefighters battle major wildfires.
Dangerous fire weather conditions has prompted one federal agency to impose fire restrictions on public lands in northern California.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
California and federal agencies say a new strategy is needed to save the endangered Delta smelt.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'