It is now the wettest year on record in the Northern California mountains, National Weather Service officials said Thursday.
An index of precipitation at eight measurement stations showed just under 90 inches of rain and snow have fallen this winter in the northern Sierra Nevada. The previous record of 88.5 inches was set in the winter of 1982-1983.
The record was surpassed less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared an end to California's drought emergency — a largely symbolic pronouncement that left in place some water-conservation rules for the 40 million residents of the nation's most populous state.
More snow and rain is likely to pad the record before the wet season ends. A winter weather advisory was in effect for the northern Sierra for much of Thursday with forecasts for moderate to heavy snow along with rain at lower elevations. More storms were forecast for next week.
The measurements were taken from eight sensors spread from Mount Shasta near the Oregon border to Pacific House between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe.
Winter storms have blanketed mountains in snow, flooded urban areas and caused damage that could top $1 billion. They've also taxed the reservoirs, dams and levees that seek to control floods and capture winter rain and snow for agriculture and drinking water throughout the state.