This week's storms helped push California's water year into above average territory, according to a couple of the state's key tools for measuring.
Precipitation readings in the northern and southern Sierra Nevada jumped above the 50-year average, and the central Sierra’s are expected to do the same soon.
Two rainy seasons ago, this milestone was hit in January. Last year, and several other years this decade, the state didn't hit it at all.
"There is no longer an average year in California,” said Chris Orrock, from the state's Department of Water Resources. “Because of climate change, it has made the extremes kind of a constant in California."
The northern, central, and southern Sierra Nevada each have their own precipitation measuring stations used to calculate rainfall. These are different from the tools used to monitor snowpack.
The snowpack is at roughly 150 percent of its April 1 average, and most of the state's reservoirs are well above their historic averages.
On the other hand, groundwater supplies — drastically depleted during the drought years — have yet to recover and in many cases, continue to drop.
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