How do things compare now to previous years?
Closer to similar than different (for now.)
It isn’t until the rainy season ends that we start to see major differences from one water year to the next. That has a lot to do with how long meteorological wet season conditions persist and if we get any late season tropical downpours. Absent those, the water table starts to descend pretty quick (i.e. the “red coded” 2011 water year above.)
Sometimes that descent starts in September, other times not until as late as November.