After a wet winter, California officials are easing up on its mandatory statewide 20% water conservation policy. On Wednesday, the state decided to let local water districts set their own water saving goals. Parts of California are still showing the parched effects of the severe 5-year drought. (Above the irrigated artichoke and lettuce farm fields in Salinas, a tourist spot in Monterey and along a recreation trail near San Jose’s airport in northern California.)
While it’s been mostly sunny and dry with cool 50 and 60 degree temperatures this week, local meteorologists forecast a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and less than a tenth of rainfall from any storms in the San Jose-Salinas area this weekend.
The USGS reports 2016’s snowpack started off at 136 percent of normal. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) measured the statewide snowpack to be at 83 percent of normal, as of March 2016 because of moderate precipitation and warm temperatures.