SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sun, heat, and spring-like weather aren’t the temperatures you’d expect in Northern California in February.
With temperatures in the mid-70s this week, everyone at Central Park in Davis took a dip in it all.
Conner Magee explains: “I didn’t expect it but was able to hang out with the kids and spend more time in the park.
For some, the dry start of the year brings some concern as it has been 33 days without rain.
Katie Toole said: “It was stressful because I wanted more rain and snow so we could have some water.
“Citing good weather, I just really appreciate the long rainy seasons. I knew the mountains would be replenished and the vegetation would have all the resources they needed,” explains Magee.
While snowfall is about average for this time of year, drier days along the way will lower scores.
“[The temperatures] unusually warm, as we say, they even evaporate the layer of snow,” explains UC Davis Professor of Environmental Engineering Jay Lund.
Lund is hoping for a “March Miracle,” a phrase coined in 1991 after five years of drought in the state.
“It was very, very dry until February, and then in March, the average rainfall was three times higher. So it’s like having three months of the rainy season in a month,” said Lund.
To replicate a similar miracle, Lund explained that 25-30 inches of rain would be needed from the mountains, and if that didn’t happen, it could cause problems.
“The water shacks are dry again, the risk of fire is increased, the snow is melting, evaporating. If it’s not wet in late March, early April, you’ve got an early start to the upcoming fire season,” he said.
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