After weeks of intense rain and flooding, most of California’s reservoirs are holding more water than usual for this time of year, but groundwater is still not replenished


20 January 2023

NICASIO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 12: In an aerial view, the Nicasio Reservoir is seen at 100 percent capacity after a series of atmospheric river events drenched Northern California on January 12, 2023 in Nicasio, California. As several atmospheric river events bring record rainfall to California, reservoirs across state are seeing their levels rise following several years of extreme drought. Marin County's seven reservoirs are now at 100 percent capacity and other major reservoirs in the state are closing in on historic averages. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Nicasio Reservoir in California at 100 per cent capacity after a series of atmospheric river events in January 2023

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California finally has a dry forecast after three weeks of intense rain brought flooding and disaster declarations across much of the state. All that water is the result of nine “atmospheric rivers” – warm, water-heavy air drawn up from the tropics – and has taken the edge off a historic drought. But California is still grappling with how to manage the increasingly volatile swings between wet and dry years predicted under climate change. …

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