More Snow has Fallen in California than Chicago this Winter

After a year that saw extreme heat and drought cripple California, Lake Tahoe is about to wrap up its snowiest December in history. 

The Golden State’s Lake Tahoe has recorded 22 feet of snow so far this winter — which is far more than Chicago has seen. In fact, Chicago received its first measurable snow — 1.5 inches — on Tuesday after going a record 287 days without any at all, according to the National Weather Service.

The Tahoe area alone has recorded 212 inches of snow since the beginning of the month, according to the U.C. Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab. That’s nearly twice the average of 110 inches that normally falls from October 1st through January 1st, the lab reports. 

The massive amount of snow also puts Lake Tahoe on track to beating the snowiest month ever, 221 inches in February 2019, says the lab’s Dr. Andrew Schwartz. It also puts the city in range of overcoming its drought problem, he adds. “The snowfall that we’ve received has given us an amazing start to the water year and developed a solid foundation for upcoming snow,” Schwartz says. “But we still need average or above average snowfall in the upcoming months for it to impact the drought.” 

And the snow in California continues to fall as Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared a state of emergency in several counties as emergency crews respond to winter storms.

What will eventually happen if the weather continues to get more extreme every year?

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