A nice little bump

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Hard to see, but that pink line is us. Dotted black line is normal. See the little bump at the very end of the pink line? It’s especially evident on the second graph, representing the snowpack in the Central Sierra.

That bump shows the impact of the storms the past few days.

Here’s an easier visual representation of the same thing.

Bottom line: The state’s snowpack increased from about 15 percent of normal toward the middle of last week, to 29 percent of normal today.

So how many more times do we need to replicate what just happened, in order to have a normal year? Do the math. At least four, maybe five really large storms.

That’s asking a lot. But at least we’ve jumped ahead of 1977.

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