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Storm runoff fills Laguna de Santa Rosa, at Stony Point Rd. in November.
photo credit: (Credit: Marc Albert/KRCB)
With recent rains, water levels at local reservoirs are on their way back from near oblivion.
In two months, the amount of water in Lake Mendocino has tripled. While the lake is one of the region's major sources of drinking water, don't get too impressed, it was close to empty toward the end of October.
The amount of water behind the Warm Springs Dam at Lake Sonoma is also on the rise. That reservoir has risen by a third since the rainy season got off to an early start with an unprecedented October deluge.
The two dams now hold close to fifty seven thousand, six hundred (57,586) more acre-feet of water than they did two months ago. That's enough to meet most of the county's household needs for the year, but doesn't account for agriculture.
The National Weather Service last week downgraded drought conditions across Northern California and updated long range forecasts, which now predict an average winter rainfall-wise in Northern California.
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