Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown stood on a patch of bare Sierra dirt that should have been covered in feet of snow and declared the state was in a “historic drought.”
Things couldn’t be more different this year as the state enters the traditional start of its long dry season.
On Thursday, the state recorded 94 inches of snow where Brown stood in 2015 at the Phillips Station off Highway 50 in the Sierra.
Statewide, the Sierra snowpack is 164 percent of average.
In spite of one of the wettest winters on record, Brown has yet to declare the drought over.
Brown’s emergency drought order in 2015, state water regulators continue to require urban water providers to hit self-imposed drought conservation targets.
Brown administration officials have said that in spite of lots of snow and abundant water in the state’s major reservoirs this winter, the effects of the drought persist due to the long-term depletion of groundwater basins and other problems.
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