This winter's first big storms, fueled by El Niño, soaked much of the Bay Area in recent weeks.
And there's been a flurry of attention to the gradually rebuilding Sierra snowpack, the "frozen reservoir" that meets about a third of the state's water needs.
But depleted reservoirs are still catching up. December rains added 293 billion gallons to the 154 major state and federal reservoirs in California, which sounds substantial. But by December's end, that was still only 31 percent of capacity.
And rain totals have been both literally and figuratively all over the map.