Recent record storms blanket Northstar California Ski Resort in Truckee with snow. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah Parvini
April 13, 2017

A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest winter for California’s northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

As of Thursday, an astonishing 89.7 inches of precipitation across a zone of eight stations in the northern Sierra has been recorded since October. That breaks the record 88.5 inches that fell by the in the 1982-83 rainy season.

Sierra Nevada precipitation is significant because the mountain range supplies large amounts of water to the rest of the state.

“When we receive a record amount of rainfall in the north, that translates to everybody who benefits from water down the state,” said Doug Carlson, spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources.

Carlson noted that California is only six months into the water year, and although the state doesn’t normally see much rainfall in the latter part of the year, rain and snow in months ahead could break other records.

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