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Normal Winter Predicted For Northern California

The California Department of Water Resources predicts a normal winter this year in the north, but drier than normal in Southern California. The department brought together scientists to come up with t

Normal Winter Predicted For Northern California

The California Department of Water Resources predicts a normal winter this year in the north, but drier than normal in Southern California. The department brought together scientists to come up with the prediction at a winter outlook workshop today in San Diego.  KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The climate scientists were charged with predicting what winter will be like this year in California: wet, dry or average.

The best guess is for normal or average precipitation in Northern California and possibly in the upper Colorado River basin, and a drier than normal winter for Southern California. 

The past two water years have been critically dry, and storage in the state's reservoirs are at a 14-year low. 

Officials say even a normal winter may not be enough to replenish the state's reservoirs.

Court-ordered restrictions on water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have also reduced water supply in some parts of the state. 

The San Diego County Water Authority has said that if supply doesn't improve, mandatory rationing is likely for county users sometime next year.
 
Ed Joyce, KPBS News.