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Sierra Weather...""January through May 2013 were California's driest in about 90 years of recordkeeping,""

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Good read on Sierra water situation.

Don't get yer hopes up?

http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/27/3574965/reservoirs-need-a-wet-winter.html

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No wonder my water bill is so high this year! In theory everything gravitates towards the mean, so we eventually have to get a great winter again...
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We have seen much worse.  1976 and 1977 were two extreme drought years back-to-back both worse than the last 2 seasons.  And 2011 was record high so there was a reserve for these past 2 years.  Nonetheless that reserve is now gone and there will be cutbacks/rationing if 2013-14 is much below average.

 

The other bad stretch was from 1987-1992, which had no above average seasons and 2 years as bad or a bit worse than the past two.  I was at Lake Tahoe in summer 1992 and at some places in South Shore the shoreline had receded 1/4 mile, dry beyond the end of some piers. Fortunately 1992-93 was huge and completely refilled the lake.

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Does the lake level drop/rise much on a yearly basis? 

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I'll defer to locals on that one.  But certainly not for one bad year or even two.  Lake Tahoe was not down when I was there in late July this year after 2 bad years at 71% and 64%.  But here's what it had to contend with in percent of normal snowfall from 1987-1992:

64%
60%
93%
70%
78%
86% 

That's a sustained drought.

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