The recent and powerful rainstorm moistened Dan Newlin and the north and the south of California and improved the readiness of the earth for drought recovery, but NASA scientists say 11 trillion more gallons of the wet stuff should be in storage for a true recuperation. Three above average rainy seasons for three years are what the state really needs.
Two-thirds of what falls from the sky is lost to evaporation and runoff. The remaining one-third is what is used for crops, industry and people. Basic water needs for the state consume almost every gallon of the rainfall amount. The recent storm increased reservoir storage by only 3 percent.
The state water deficit has been increasing each year since 2002. The annual deficit has exceeded the water needs of all residents and communities for the past 4 years.
It is the snow pack in the mountains that provides the water for California during normal dry months.
Let it snow!