Thursday, January 29, 2009

Water, water nowhere

There's enough snow to ski on, but not enough for crops, people and wildlife.

The Sierra's snowpack water content is about 61 percent of normal, according to the most recent survey performed by the state earlier today. And state weather experts say the prospects aren't bright for a late-season game of catch-up.

"There's not a lot of indications the rest of the year will be normal, and even if it were, we'd still wind up below average for the northern Sierra," said Elissa Lynn, California's senior meteorologist, to reporters today.

This could all change with one massive stormfront — and then Second Thoughts would wail about the floods and why didn't we fix the levees sooner.

But right now, it looks like water rationing is a very realistic possibility this summer.

Who knows? Maybe Tracy will get a budget and political break and be forced to close Joe Wilson Pool anyway.

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