California has no land in drought conditions and all reservoirs are above historic average levels

From the U.S. Drought Portal



And from the California Department of water resources.

All reservoirs currently above normal historical average.



103 thoughts on “California has no land in drought conditions and all reservoirs are above historic average levels

  1. So … when Jerry Brown declared that CA was doomed to perpetual, never ending drought …

    Remember him?

    • Yea, Kenji, he left the Governors Mansion and took the drought with him. Warning: don’t allow him to live in your community.

      • Al Gore gets comp’ed for all stays at ski resorts, but who has a commercial interest in a drought other than a warmist?

    • Gavin Newsom seems to be an even bigger lunatic when it comes to the fear of CO2 emissions and the climate catastrophe the seriously flawed models so faithfully confirm will occur.

      • ” Earth ” is different. If you want to move.. don’t like the house.. don’t like the neighborhood.. move to another place. There is just one planet Earth! There are no other planets to move to!

        • Yes, we know of only one Earth, so why is it that so much of the platform promoted by idiots like Newsom have ecologically destructive, economically harmful and wholly unnecessary consequences whose only tangible results are virtue signaling and opposing Trump? This insanity is causing many people like me to leave states under Progressive/Socialist control and take their money and business with them. This will not end well for California.

        • I find it funny that reading factual evidence of CO2 emissions and the impact it will ultimately will have on our own planet, makes people use a political party as an insult.
          On a separate note, the typical liberal Democrat is two whole IQ points above the conservative Republican. I don’t claim to be the smartest person in the room, but maybe we should listen to them? Or maybe we should continue the course we are on and destroy the only place we have to live on. Cause playing to caution, or being conservative with our planet, I guess isn’t a consensus amongst conservative people?
          So to the dude who wrote this comment. I’m ashamed to be a Liberal Republican when I read these types of comments. It’s just sad that you can’t defend our party with any decent discussion…. So sad

          • I find it funny that reading factual evidence of CO2 emissions and the impact it will ultimately will have …

            Will have? Are you so gullible that you take predictions of the distant future as Holy Gospel? Perhaps as a holder of a doctorial designation you might reach back in memory and rigorously reexamine the scientific method and its mandatory skepticism – particularly about unverified prognostications. But perhaps that PhD is from bible studies or romantic poetry…

      • As long as he doesn’t build the Delta tunnels there are a lot of folks who won’t care what he thinks about CO2, especially if he’s willing to fund sequetration wells on their property.

    • Gerry and Gavin have both been detrimental to the state of CA. They both wear aluminum foil hats….

  2. Moonbeam’s rain dance paid-off. /sarc
    And Comrade Newsom is the benefactor.
    Instead of wisely spending billions preparing for the next drought (i.e. more reservoirs), Newsom will be the proverbial grasshopper and use the carbon tax windfalls to pay back the special interests on a quick sugar fix high.
    Climate, weather… it’s all a religion to the Left. A trap of ideological echo chambers.

    And even if Newsom himself were a sane man, the special interests who put him in office will not let him do the correct thing. California will continue its descent to a raging dumpster fire with the next recession. The time to get out is now, not then.

    • Remember, & I apologise if I’m preaching to the converted, that Climate Change is merely yet another tool/weapon/device to enforce manipulation & control by others (because the Elites KNOW best) of the general population(s)!

  3. No we was wrong, drought isnt the new normal, no acknowledgment of faux armageddon.

    This will quietly be swept under the carpet and the focus switched to the next bogeyman, look squirrel!! style

    • It’s just as our models predicted!

      Wait no, it is the opposite of what are models predicted. We need to take the lake water gauges out of the public view so we can release the data only when it suits our purposes. Yes – that is much better “SCIENCE”.

    • The drought in California is perpetual since it’s a desert. Most of the state doesn’t see any rain at all from May to October during the prime growing season. Making matter worse are that some of the biggest crops in California include, almonds, pistachios, cotton, rice and alfalfa which are among the most water intensive crops there are.

      • “Most of the state doesn’t see any rain at all from May to October during the prime growing season. ”

        That is not drought. It is Mediterranean climate, to which e. g. vines, olives, almonds and pistacio are adapted.

        • Almonds and pistacio’s certainly have not adapted to a dry growing season are are among the top consumers of agricultural water which comes from the same reservoirs that our drinking water comes from. 80% of the water consumed in California goes to agriculture about 1/3 of which is for almonds and pistacio’s alone.

          Some may try and claim it’s only 40% by including the 50% of the reservoir contents ordinarily let out to keep the rivers flowing and designated as for ‘environmental purposes’, i.e. keeping the fish alive. Of course, relative to water consumed by man, the amount of water for ‘environmental purposes’ is half of what it would be if man was not consuming it first and including this in the statistics is disingenuous at best.

    • I remember when Wired was a pretty good magazine. Subscription for years. Then they went full SNIP on climate and other political issues. Sad.

      That word is not appropriate – Mod

    • In Reno, right next to California, we haven’t had a single day over 100 degrees F this summer. That hasn’t happened since 1997. Oh, and these temperatures are recorded at the Reno Airport, right in the middle of a city which has grown 60% since then. Mark Faucette, local meteorologist for the NWS, is busy trying to keep up the alarm, nevertheless. He never mentions any possible UHI effect, and how airport temps aren’t going to be a good way to measure warming or cooling in such a fast growing city.

    • California’s water problem is home-made. They had 20million people in 1970, 40 million now. No or very little has been done since 1970 in constructing new reservoirs. With twice the population even stringent conservation measures won’t work as long as they support industrial agriculture and dump 20-40% into rivers for ecology purposes.

  4. Two years ago we were told that California was in a permanent drought. Like all the alarmist global warming news trash it was wrong. On the other hand, something is very confusing with this posting. I’ve had a home for 8 years in central California, a few miles south of the biggest reservoirs in the area, They do not appear on the posting and are not close to being at capacity.
    Monterey County Water Resources Agency
    DAM AND RESERVOIR – DAILY DATA (provisional)
    August 10, 2019 through August 16, 2019
    San Antonio
    Percentage of Capacity (%) 39 39 39 39
    Percentage of Capacity (%) 59 59 59 59

    • Several years ago when the Great Lakes had low water level conditions it was attributed to Global Warming. They are now at near record or record high water conditions, surpassing in some lakes the 1986 levels. That has also been attributed to Global Warming.

      The sad thing is that in a few decades when they have low water levels again there will be a new generation of gullible clowns who will fall for the same song and dance as a few years ago and today. There’s always something.

      • There is only one winner in the end, and that is the data python …

        Initially there isn’t a lot of data and the data python is so small there is a lot of wriggle room and nothing to stop people cherry picking the data to mean whatever they want it to …

        But as the data python grows and grows, the wriggle room for the data manipulators shrinks and shrinks. And eventually, where there is enough data, there is only one interpretation and the cherry-picking data-manipulators are squeezed to death.

    • But, Dennis, we have to know the “historical average” in addition to the current percentage. Look at San Luis on the map – it’s only at 64% capacity, which is not much higher than the number for Nacimiento you give – but that’s 138% of the historical average for that reservoir, which is the main point. Does MCWR give the historical average numbers for San Antonio and Nacimiento?

      Au reservoir!

      • Jeffrey. thanks got it. San Antonio reservoir at 39% of capacity must be well above historic level….makes sense it was essentially dried up a few years ago.

    • You are referencing a couple of small California reservoirs with Percentage of Capacity rather than Percentage of Historical Average noted. Apple and orange.

      The posting ties to monitor of the twelve largest California reservoirs. This site:
      Is a good visual for the top 40 or so California reservoirs. It confirms almost all California reservoirs, large and small, are above historic average levels.

      • Article forgot to mention Lake Casitas that serves Ventura County. Still sits at 43.5% capacity. Ventura is not out of the drought.

        • I live in Ventura. The reason it’s low is that the normal fill from the Ventura river has been diverted around the lake, to keep a tiny steelhead run (in rivers that, for the most part, do NOT reach the ocean, they dry/drain before they hit the beaches). And even then, it’s close to historical averages.

          However, Piru – which supplies a lot of Oxnard and Camarillo (the big water consumers) is way, way over historical average.

          • @Shanghai Dan you’re comparing 2 different water systems. Lake Piru is fed by State water. Lake Casitas uses a diversion channel off the Ventura River. Most of the rain runoff last season was not diverted into it because of high levels of silt. The natural creeks still flow into it, but not enough to raise the Lake out of drought conditions.

          • No water is diverted around Lake Casitas. Water flows from the Ventura River through a diversion channel built to fill the lake (when the gates are open). Water flows have to be above a certain rate on the Ventura River before the water is allowed to fill the Lake. The Ventura River has Never naturally filled Lake Casitas on its own. The River is 1 mile to the east of Lake Casitas. You can learn more by stopping by Casitas Water District at 1055 Ventura Ave in Oak View.

  5. How about dismantling all the reservoirs and returning the locations to their pristine pre-industrial re-wilded states? That should satisfy the demand for drought. /s

    • Great idea.
      The natives used to live in the mountains during summer. On the way to their winter camps in the lowlands, they would burn down the trees. This dramatically reduces the fire risk and allows native seeds that depend on fire to germinate during the wet season.
      Unfortunately, there isn’t enough water for everyone. The population must be reduced from 40+ million to 400 000, like it was in 1860. Non-Citizens will be asked to go home. Building large cities in earthquake zones is a stupid anyway.
      This will also alter the number of guaranteed Democratic seats in Congress from 55 to 5 or lower.

  6. All but a very small part of Az. is out of the drought, too–until next time.
    Unlike Cal., we do active water management so, when the next drought comes, we should be as good as you can be, depending on how long it lasts.
    Where I live, there must be a 100 year water supply in the aquifers for new housing construction permits. We capture rain water, to some extent, (because Phx. wants it and, as the saying here goes, whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting over), and household discharge and recharge the aquifer to assure that supply.
    Of course, we could have a 150 year drought sometime in the future. It happened before around 1100 AD., but that is not the norm. I still wonder why the Anasazi moved from the mountains down to Phoenix. Moving to Phoenix seems counterintuitive to me. They put in a system of canals to capture the water which ran off from the mountains in the north central and north. Those canals, which are concrete, now, are still in use to this day for the same reason. I guess they knew what they were doing.

    • Actually I don’t think anyone knows where the Anasazi went, but to judge from the cultural similarities they probably either joined the Hopi or the New Mexico Pueblos, or both. They probably had little or nothing to do with the Hohokam down around Phoenix.

  7. So, a prediction. All those reservoirs nearly full and the operators obviously have instructions to keep as much water in them as possible. Soon there will be a major storm that will cause the over-topping of one of them that will reveal that a lack of maintenance has led to faults developing. The resulting damage to the dams or their spillways will be blamed on climate change.

  8. Are the overfull reservoirs the result of that awful global warming problem we have heard so much about?
    Just like that awful greening of the planet and the shrinking deserts> The desert preservation society are getting very upset at the loss of those dry barren lands they love so much.
    Where will it all end?
    We are making the planet too healthy for plants, they will take over if we are not careful. Prince Charles has already set up a diplomatic mission in his own greenhouse to talk and reason with the plant community. George Monbiot has been offered the role of Plant Ambassador due to his ability to speak the language of a turnip.

    • The plants are stealing all the carbon! Fire up the chainsaws!
      Can also be used on Moonbats……

  9. O/T; Just to let you good people know that the Poison Dwarf has just set sail from Plymouth (UK) for her angelic & devine crossing of the Altlantic Ocean, as the British Brainwashing Corporation would have us all believe. Please tell me severe storms are likely & even predicted for such a crossing, please, she’s worried about sea-sickness!!!! AtB

    • As extreme weather has been a downward trend for sometime, she is probably going to be fine. Coming back the same way is she?

    • If Greta, after her voyage west, decides she doesn’t want to go home the same way, and she still doesn’t want to fly, then she can travel up to Alaska and take a short boat ride to Russia and then take a car or train from there to get home, evangelizing all the way. That would allow her to avoid a lot of seasickness on her way home, and allow her to live up to her objective of not flying on airplanes.

      I imagine after this fine example Greta has set, all the globe-trotting elites will want to follow suit. But maybe not. They are a rather self-centered bunch, after all.

      • “take a short boat ride to Russia and then take a car or train from there”

        I sure hope she tries that. There is neither a railway or a road from the Bering strait area westwards. It’s aircraft only at least as far as Yakutia.

        • Just trying to help out. 🙂

          Walking works. Bicycles could work. She would probably need a moutain bike.

  10. In California ‘Climate change’ is clearly causing rising reservoir levels, not rising seas. Lakeshore homes are threatened!

  11. But, but, but…..97% of all “experts” predicted we were at the tipping point of no return, and that imminent century-long mega droughts were an utter certainty due to the existential threat posed by catastrophic Global Warming…

    I’m so a scared…

    Never mind….

  12. Well Australia is in our worst, alleged, drought in living memory (we don’t remember the federation drought of c1900 any more). So it is obvious that it is raining in California, dah!

  13. I guess it means that there has been more rain than they expected and that it now constitutes an unusual weather pattern?
    There is no fact that cannot be twisted to suit a narrative.

  14. So: the hastily-enacted “SB 88” (actually an imperial decree from Governor, never passed nor discussed by the Legislature) was misbegotten. Its ’emergency’ premise was one of continual drought post-2016, and 12,000 farmers were commanded to become quasi-public-works operators, measuring every gallon of water they took from their existing water rights, reporting them annually to Sacramento, and retaining the records for ten years for use by some future prosecutor.

    Another step toward total government control of the agricultural economy, and another step toward bankruptcy for farmers, most of whom weren’t prepared for the substantial and continuing expenses of installation and operation and record-keeping for all that measuring hardware.

  15. I saved a picture of the reservoirs from June 28th. Shasta and Oroville were both solid blue full. They must have released a LOT of water to get down to the current levels.

    • June 28th Oroville was at a maximum level of 896′ (3,474,600 acre feet) it’s now at 856′ (2,894,300 af) so it’s dropped 40′ in about 6 weeks and currently drops just over a foot per day. I’m sure the farmers etc. downstream are happy.

  16. Come on people, you should all know by now that weather fills reservoirs but climate empties them. /sarc

  17. I guess you forgot Ventura County in your article. Lake Casitas remains at 43.5% capacity. Still in a drought here.

  18. CA is still in drought. It’s just negative at the moment. (yeah, sarc). In five years, the records will be adjusted properly to show this period never happened.

  19. I think the feds have to go in and build some reservoirs under crisis legislation on behalf of US citizens for the inevitable.

  20. They predicted “some places would be wetter and some places would be dryer…” They just didn’t mention these places will change from year to year…so…yeah – weather.

  21. great news. We’re having a drought here in central Chile after a couple of years in which reservoirs had good levels and our ski centers had record-long seasons. This year has been bad so far, but obviously is not forever, just like California shows.

  22. Shift gears on the California grant-writing teams to federal money for full reservoirs as a threat. The inside contacts at the agencies won’t notice anything with the right influence.

    Call up the Solyndra grant and loan oversight team.

  23. The ‘drought’ is caused mostly by the effort to ‘save’ Delta Smelt, an invasive specie fish that literally no one can prove still exist. But billions of gallons of fresh irrigable water is diverted to save this fish by court order.

  24. The cult of CAGW have confused competitive propaganda which they are the champs of, with science.

    The prediction of never-ending draughts in the Great Lakes region by the cult of CAGW was also falsified.

    The great lakes region has gone from draught in 2013 to record high water in 2019 due to consecutive cold winters with high snowfall and wet summers.

    2013, Record low water levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan – Cult of CAGW – Obviously climate change, prepare for the new norm

    2019, Record high water levels, Canadian Great Lakes – Cult of CAGW, obviously we are clueless as to what is happening now to the planet and what will happen next, as this very observation supports the assertion that what has happened warming followed by nothing to do with atmospheric CO2 levels

    In theory though, global warming could mean lower water levels, as heat causes more water to evaporate from the surface of lakes and rivers.

    David Fay, a senior engineering adviser at the International Joint
    Commission, describes precipitation and evaporation as being in a “tug of war” for the greater impact on water levels.
    “Those counteract each other to some extent,” he explains. “Right now the precipitation is dominating, so to say this is a climate change event — nobody is saying that.”
    He says climate change has been blamed for both high and low water levels. “As recently as 2013, when there were record low levels on Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, everyone was saying climate change was causing that,” he points out.
    Legal action
    South of the border in New York state, lakeside residents have been talking about legal action. There too, small businesses are trying to cope with damage.
    Sen. Chuck Schumer recently visited the town of Fair Haven to tour the Lake Ontario shoreline and speak on behalf of the community. “Something is very wrong,” he told the small crowd that assembled in front of television cameras. “You can’t sit back and say we can’t do anything, that is not acceptable.”

  25. It takes 1.2 gal of water for 2 almonds. Oh no. It takes 2.4 gal of water to produce 1 oz.. of beef. How come we never point at the cows. And let’s not forget. Almonds don’t fart. Just thinkin.

  26. Givesome Newsome seems to love Billion dollar Poseidon (Brookfield Infrastructure Partners) project in Huntington Beach. Seems willing to buy off on anything it says it’s doing to meet his compliance demands

  27. As an over 50 year So Cal resident I always remind people that climate is not some average of weather. It’s a pattern. In So Cal it’s an annual pattern of rainy winters and dry summers. But it’s also a decades long pattern of drought interrupted by heavy rainy seasons. It’s been going on for centuries if not millennia.

  28. Totally fake news.

    Gerry “Moonbeam” Brown pronounced California is in a “Permanent Drought” due to AGW aka “Climate Change” and now we must soon ration water, first to 55 gallons/person/day and then a few years later to 50 g/p/d. None of the voter-approved dams will do to save more water. Next year we park our pre-2006 diesel vehicles, the following close down Diablo Canyon, sing Kubala and California will once again be well.

  29. So this is the California philosophy…

    When they have plentiful water, there’s no need to build new reservoirs, because, well, the water is plentiful.

    When they don’t have enough water, there’s no point in building new reservoirs, because it’s never gonna’ rain again anyway.

  30. California’s government has claimed that we’re in a drought, and rationed residential water users, for most of the last 20 years and is still rationing today. I would think the residents would have figured it out by now: there is no such thing as a drought that is the normal permanent state of affairs.

    The real shortage is of dams. We need to go back to building enough of them for the population.

    We also need to start rationing the largest users of water — farms and industry, who consume 80% of the total and do it for around 1% of the residential price. Better yet, institute a free market in water so that they’ll all have to pay the residential price. That might at least drive some of the outrageously wasteful water uses (rice and almonds, for starters) out of California.

    • We also need to start rationing the largest users of water — farms and industry, who consume 80% of the total and do it for around 1% of the residential price. Better yet, institute a free market in water so that they’ll all have to pay the residential price….

      Small farmer speaking: those are our longstanding water rights you’re arrogantly suggesting be trampled. Would you prefer pitchforks, or tar and feathers?

      And should your oh-so-ingenious scheme come to being, how loud would you snivel at skyrocketing grocery prices?

  31. I just love the comments from people who have no idea what they are speaking about. Having lived in California my entire life I know that the droughts are real, and the water resource department has nowhere to store the water.

  32. Well, every time the British Met office predicts a much warmer winter the UK is subjected to brutal cold, ice and snow … so I suppose now that California is predicted to bake to death … well, you’re all going to drown.

    I notice from the reservoir graphic that Oroville is 118% above the historic average … and the new billion dollar spillway still doesn’t work. Ah, politics and engineering: what a mixture!

  33. I was a kid living in Oceanside in 1976, when then-Gov Jerry Brown declared California was suffering a drought from which the state would take decades to overcome (his buddies hadn’t yet conjured the climate change contextual fraud).

    The following winter, we had enough rain over 40 days and 40 nights to cancel even the slightest idea there was a drought: the landscape was transformed — cars and houses in riverbeds, riverbeds running where there were no rivers before — all over the place.

    As the saying goes, “It never rains in California, it pours.”

  34. No matter which side of politics you are on. Or which side of the global warming issue you are on, let’s not get complacent. Conservation of water is everybody’s issue. Liberal Naturalists to conservative farmers, it is the lifeblood of Californias economy and preservation.
    Let’s not party it up now then panic next drought. One place that State and federal money should be spent is on better water infrastructure, storage and conservation technologies. Xeriscapeing, drip irrigation, gps, other satellite tech. Along with low tech methods of storage. We don’t need to spend money on admistration, studies, or education. Let’s spend it on implementation. Already have administration in place. Been studied to death. We don’t need any more education, we get it! Let’s do it!

  35. I find it ironic how Republicans like to complain about California and its politics, it’s people etc.. But, you sure like to vacation here, appreciate how beautiful it is here, and even live here and complain. -Like a true Republican.. Condescending, hypocritical and in general, full of yourselves.

    • Republicans have been vacationing in California well before it became a democratic state. Conservatives built the infrastructure that allows liberals to get to the coffee shop at an early hour of 11am

  36. I am a California native. The most embarrassing part is the basic rules of civilization are being forgotten due to rampant idealistic thinking. Saving water for future use is basic. Somehow, we “can’t” store more water. Proper sanitation is basic, but we have massive groups of homeless living in their own excrement, causing outbreaks of typhoid and Hep A. This is basic common sense stuff. Our children are being told they have no future due to climate change, and we wonder why they are fat and depressed.

    • You are mixing the issues up. Water certainly can be stored, it is being done all over California. The water storage does need to be updated though. The homeless cleanliness is not a water issue, it is a mental health issue. The homeless that live near the riverbanks are not any cleaner than others. Our children’s “ depression” is not as wide spread as it seems. Just been media blasted like most modern day issues. And it has nothing to do with drought in California. California has less depressed kids than other parts of the country.

  37. California’s drought problem is solved by government .
    Keep electing nut bar lefties and the working population leaves .
    Ta Da no water problem .

  38. California’s drought problem is solved by government .
    Keep electing nut bar lefties and the working population leaves .
    Ta Da no water problem .
    The question is will a Co2 reduction stop California from shaking itself into the ocean .
    If the seas are rising why is ocean front so darn expensive ?

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