According to the State of California, total water content in the Sierra snow pack was measured at 40 percent of normal. It was 190 percent of normal this time last year.
And that is why California will get by this year...they had such a huge snow pack last year they were able store enough water for a second year in the reservoirs.
Spring snow melt brings up the levels of Northwest rivers, particularly east of the Cascade crest, and this sometimes causes flooding. Here is the latest river level information from the Northwest River Forecast Center in Portland.
No floods right now, but several eastern Washington and northern Idaho rivers are at or above bankfull (orange colors)--this is from snowmelt. Many of these rivers were even higher a week ago when we had the warm weather that caused intense melting. To illustrate, take a look at the flow on the Okanogan River near Tonasket (see below)--they even reached flood stage (red line)
Our future? Well, the next 48-h should bring more showers (see 48h precipitation forecast below), but we should dry out on Friday and for the weekend. The jet stream moves south of us, taking the wet stuff south to those poor dry devils in California. They need the water to fill their hot tubs and water their illicit crops in the hills.