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The snowfall of 67% 161%: the Great shift in California drought

  • FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, plunges the survey tube in the snowpack as he conducts the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif. More than 40 percent of California is formed from a punishing drought that the entire state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, Jan. 12, a beautiful transformation caused by a relentless series of storms in the North that filled lakes, flooded rivers, and buried mountains in the snow. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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  • FILE – In this April 1, 2015 file photo, Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s walk across a dry meadow that is usually covered with several inches of snow for the implementation of a snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif. More than 40 percent of California is formed from a punishing drought that the entire state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 a beautiful transformation caused by a relentless series of storms in the North that filled lakes, flooded rivers, and buried mountains in the snow. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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SAN FRANCISCO – the Recent storms bearing some of the heaviest snow and rain to hit Northern California in decades have helped to make a dramatic turnaround after more than five years of drought, which the state only a year ago.

Here are the most important numbers to know as the record dry period facilitates:

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35 CM

Total rain in the last 10 days along the California central coast, according to the National Weather Service

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67 PERCENT

Snow in the Sierra Nevada as a percentage of average on Jan. 3, according to the weather service

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161 PERCENT

Snow in the same mountain range as a percentage of the average on Thursday

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-8 MILLION

Amount of water in California reservoirs from the average, per hectare, meter, or annual requirements, for a household, in 2015

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+1.2 MILLION

Amount of water in the reservoirs from the average in January 2017, according to Jay Lund of the University of California, Davis

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2 YEARS

How many years of normal rainfall, was the lack of the most affected parts of California forward in the January storms, according to hydrologist Claudia Faunt of the U. S. Geological Survey

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174 km / h

Blizzard wind in the Sierra Nevada on Jan. 8, measured in Squaw Valley, according to the weather service

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