Small Change in Pattern Pushes Moisture back into California - KMSP-TV

Small Change in Pattern Pushes Moisture back into California

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Meteorologist Cody Matz Meteorologist Cody Matz

Now considered the worst drought in California in 500 years, some relief may finally be heading for the state. Yes there was a surge of moisture a couple of weeks ago that brought a few inches of much needed rain, but only to northern California. It neglected to reach the nearly 20 million people of southern California, which many areas have seen less than 5% of their typical moisture in the last 15 months. 2 different waves are likely to impact the west coast in the upcoming week which should bring widespread rain and mountain snow, not just to California, but many other very dry areas of the southwest. Here is the current rainfall forecast for the upcoming week…

The parched California valleys can expect 1-3" of rain with the mountains and coasts getting 3-6". Sounds like a lot, but when you are 25-45" below average, there is very little celebrating at the moment, but it's better than nothing. The only good news from the moisture standpoint in the southwest is the Colorado river, the main river channel that brings drinking water to some 50 million people, is likely to be running quite high this spring because of very high snow pack in parts of Colorado and Utah.

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