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California Drought: Shocking Time Lapse Video Shows Lake Dry up Before Your Eyes

CA Drought

The drought across California has been on going for a few years now and there’s evidence pretty much every where you look. We’re now getting a look and the impacts it’s had on Folsom Lake near Sacramento. The lake’s water level continued to drop from March to August of 2015, as you can see in this time-lapse video below

A timelapse of #FolsomLake. I've been collecting and assembling these since March of 2015 through August 2015 showing the effects of the drought in California is having on our reservoirs. This is from Brown's Ravine / Folsom Lake Marina. Every time I've watched it I've seen something new (did you see the Sea Plane?). #drought

Posted by Ryan Griffith on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Recently, the water level was at 174,902 acre-feet (AF) which is roughly 18% of its total capacity. The total capacity of Folsom Lake is 977,000 AF. The nearest city to Folsom Lake is Sacramento, where they are about 7 inches below where they should be for rainfall by this time of the year. They have picked up roughly 5.05 inches of rain since the beginning of the year and should typically have seen 12.20 inches by now. Looking at the latest drought monitor for California, much of the state is in either an extreme or exceptional drought level. On the plus side, there is some light rain falling across the area. The bad news, it wouldn’t really do anything to improve the drought picture.


For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Addison Green

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