Saturday, March 2, 2013

Recent Snow Survey confirms low snow season

Snow surveys show the water content in the sierra snowpack is well below normal. The January 28 snowpack water content is only 66% of average for this time of year. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) calls the snowpack California's "frozen reservoir" because it provides about a third of California's fresh water.

Electronic snowpack readings:

Northern Sierra: 70%
Central Sierra: 67%
Southern Sierra: 60%

DWR reports key reservoir storage is above or near historic levels for the date thanks to November and December storms. One exception is San Luis Reservoir which is at 69% of historic levels for this date.

DWR snowpack page:

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