The round of storms that soaked California in recent weeks has brought a huge influx of water to the state. According to a new analysis by The Mercury News, California reservoirs are now holding an additional 580 billion gallons compared to the start of the year. And the snowpack also got a big boost.
The report utilized data from 47 key reservoirs monitored by the state. Mercury News reporter and KQED Science Managing Editor Paul Rogers reported the story, which was published Wednesday.
Rogers spoke with KQED Science Editor Danielle Venton about the analysis and what it means for the state's water supply. Here are excerpts from that conversation edited for length and clarity.
580 billion gallons sounds like a lot of water. Is there a way to put that into context?
The amount of water we're talking about is enough for the needs of 9 million California residents for a year.