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Rain eases for now, more on the way

POSTED January 22, 2010 11:21 p.m.
That big yellow orb shining through the clouds is the sun and it would be best to enjoy it while it lasts.
After a week of storms, the National Weather Service is predicting another El Nino type storm to pass through the area, dumping more rain in the Valley and snow in the foothills. Forecasters are predicting the rain could start as early as Sunday night and continue through Tuesday.
The series of storms that just passed through provided California with a needed boost to the snowpack and helped raise water levels in the reservoirs, which have been running at lower levels because on an ongoing drought.
However, the state will need two to three more storms like the last one to bring the water supplies up to the historic average, according to water officials.
The state’ two largest reservoirs, Shasta and Oroville, saw rises of 15 and eight feet, respectively, through Thursday. Still, Shasta is only at 49 percent and Oroville at 31 percent of where they should be historically by this time.
Closer to home, Don Pedro was at 71 percent as of Thursday, which is above the 67 percent that is the historical average for this time of year.
Locally, the recent storms dropped a total of 2.94 inches of rain in Turlock from Sunday through Thursday.
The snowpack, according to the state water department, is 107 percent of normal, which is up 79 percent since the week prior.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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