lacv1213I know we live in a desert here in the bottom half of the state, but with barely six weeks left in our “rainy season”  the situation looks bleak. Sure, the forecasters are calling for a high percentage chance of rain, but my sprinklers would drop more inches than the maybe .40 they are calling for today and tomorrow.

A check of seasonal precipitation shows downtown Los Angeles (I know, there are no lakes there, but everyone knows where it is) is currently 3 1/2 inches below normal. As you get above Bakersfield, they may be seeing better numbers, but in these parts, reservoirs that count on runoff are lagging behind.

Today’s San Diego City report from Lake Hodges in Escondido noted the lake was 21 feet and change below the spillway. I drove over the I-15 bridge this past week and there are acres of muddy bottomland in view, but it’s a long way to the actual lake.

You remember how last fall the lake closed early with a late season drawdown? That could happen even sooner in 2013 if we don’t get a storm with some real punch–and fast.

cloudy skies

ALL SHOW, but not much go on precipitation…

Here in Riverside County, Canyon Lake’s (on the San Jacinto River) elevation is sitting at 1379.65, or just over two feet below the spillway. The winter began with the lake five feet down.  More than half-way through February, it still must rise significantly before spillage reaches Lake Elsinore.

The real key for the watershed is the Hemet/San Jacinto area on up to Idyllwild. If rain doesn’t hit there, not much comes down either the San Jacinto or the smaller Salt Creek running through Menifee. Looking at those numbers, Hemet should be at 9.09 inches by now, but to date, only 5.29 inches have been recorded.

That’s pretty dry.





One Response to “You call that a storm? It don’t mean nothin’”

I hope it rains really hard tonight so my lawn will get a good soaking! Do your rain dance, George!