For those who want to follow this grim winter season to the end

Posted by Mark Grossi on March 11, 2014 

Terra Bella in Tulare County gets some welcome rain in February, which was an above-average month.

MARK CROSSE — The Fresno Bee

Sometimes, it helps to put a few numbers alongside the stories about California's extreme dry year, especially with the end of rain and snow season approaching April 1.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, the keeper summer of more than half the state's summer water, is 31% of average. 

The major reservoirs are basically less than half full at this point.

So the reservoirs are down, and it looks like there will be less than a third of the usual runoff.

February was an above-average month in the important Northern Sierra, which provides water to many west San Joaquin Valley farms. But it's still on track to be among the worst dry years in the north.

Down in the Southern Sierra, it's just about the same story. With a slight uptick in February, the region is tracking right alongside the worst years on record.

Finally, the precipitation outlook is equally grim. Expect the weather pattern to turn dry again, according to the National Weather Service's 8- to 14-day outlook.

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