Since Friday, Pacific storms have pummeled California, dumping more than 12 inches of rain in the Santa Monica Mountains and 13 feet of snow at Mammoth Mountain ski resort. An even fiercer storm is predicted tonight for Southern California, with possible rates of two inches an hour in the region. All that water may not mean a complete end to the drought, but it can help the drought-like conditions we’ve faced for the last few years - or can it? With water racing down burned hills and mountainsides, filling the concrete-lined Los Angeles River and running straight into the ocean, are we able to save any of this sudden abundance of rainfall for drier times?
Heather Cooley, Co-Director of the Pacific Institute's Water Program