This is the time of year when California and its water managers, climatologists and meteorologists continue to analyze and determine what winter will bring. October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
It has recently been confirmed that La Niña conditions are present in the Tropical Pacific. And there is an 85% chance that it will last through the winter. That means, most of all, that California will have a drier winter with even drier conditions by 2021.
For San Diego, the impact is mitigated as a result of a diversified portfolio of water supply in the region. This also means that La Niña would increase the likelihood of fires.
What is known so far is that the hydrological year that ended (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020) was variable throughout the state.
California has seen devastating wildfires, record temperatures, variability in rainfall and a smaller snowpack, says DWR Director Karla Nemeth.
In Northern California, water supplies throughout the state are in "perfect shape" thanks to last year's rainfall and good storage of reserves, details Goldy Herbon, in water resources of the San Diego County Water Authority.
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