California needs 3-4 heavy rain seasons to get rid of drought

California’s largest reservoir Lake Shasta is once again at more than 100 per cent of its historical capacity for this time of year, thanks to one of the strongest El Niño that helped steer heavy rains to the northern parts of the state.

Lake Shasta, which is located in the northern half of the Golden State, was once down to merely 29 per cent of normal storage capacity in December. But, now it is at 109 per cent of its historical capacity.

According to state officials, this is the first time in the last three that the lake has reached 109 per cent of its capacity for this time of the year.

The Department of Water Resources’ Carl Torgersen called El Nino-fueled heavy rains a “March miracle,” noting that the rains filled several of northern state’s lakes.

Speaking on the topic, Torgersen explained, “This reservoir has risen about 216 feet since December and 97 feet in the month of March alone.”

However, the rest of the state has not been as lucky as some northern parts. The state’s rainy season has already ended, and even optimists can not call the amount of water the state received through El Nino as sufficient to end the state’s years-long drought.

NASA senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti said California is still not out of the woods because the state’s total water storage deficit is still 13 trillion gallons. He stressed that the state needs three to four heavy rain seasons to get rid of drought.