Yes, it rained on Tuesday, April 8, but that precipitation will have little effect on North Coast drought conditions, according to Cambria Fire Department Chief Mark Miller.
He said rain of that amount “only grows the flashy fuels a little better, but doesn’t affect the fuel moistures of the trees that we’re concerned about” in the drought-ridden forest.
The rainfall may temporarily boost water levels a bit in area wells, including those that Cambria Community Services District draws from to supply water to its customers.
Those well levels had begun to fall recently, according to district readings taken March 30. The SR4 well on Santa Rosa Creek, which was at 48.10 feet on that date, had dropped about 10 percent in 27 days, according to district General Manager Jerry Gruber.
And while water-supply legend says late rainfall is more helpful in maintaining water levels in the aquifer later in the summer, officials say the 0.75 to 0.82 of an inch that fell in urban Cambria, and the 1.21 inches that doused the Rocky Butte area April 7 likely won’t contribute much to overall supplies during this fourth year of drought.