The four-year drought that has made the West Coast look like a giant dried up prune is coming to an end. The recent rain and flooding in Northern and Southern California weren’t the sign some residents wanted to mark the end of the drought, but they got it anyway. The heavy rain and the heavy mountain snow that made skiers feel like California was the mecca it once was for skiing made some Californians welcome the winter deluge.
After several days of dry weather, the West Coast is bracing for another round of wet weather. Storms are rolling back into California, and that will put a bug in thousands of travel plans during the final weeks of January 2017. The West Coast can expect heavy rain, fierce winds and interior ice and snow. More storms will follow in the weeks to come, so it’s going to be great for skiers in the Rockies, and a nightmare filled with flooding for other people.
The question is will the heavy rain and flooding really put an end to the drought? The four-year drought has cost the West Coast millions of dollars in lost revenue, and it put in place a water conservation policy that has turned the green grass in some areas into a lifeless beige color. The answer is maybe. California’s biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada Mountains have gotten more snow, sleet, rain, and hail as any year on record. Los Angeles is coping with mudslides and dangerous floods once again. If the storms keep coming in 2017, the experts say the drought will be over. Even though the flooding and the nasty weather is taking a toll on the West Coast, the real villain, the drought, may be gone for another 100 years, and that’s really good news.