California Snowpack Tripled from Previous Water Year
The latest manual snow survey for the current water year revealed that California’s snowpack tripled from what the state experienced last year. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted its monthly snow survey on April 2 in the Sierra Nevada mountains at Phillips Station, approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento.
"At this location for our snow course, we have a depth of 106.5 [inches] with a snow water content of 51 inches. Now that’s the fourth-best snow water content that we’ve had historically at this location for this time of year,” said DWR Public Information Officer Chris Orrock, who also noted that the snowpack is 162 percent of the average on a state level. Last year at this time the snowpack was only 53 percent of average. "Our April survey is very significant because this is typically when we see the deepest snowpack with the most water content and our water managers use that to judge what type of melt off we’re going to get as we get into the warmer, drier summer months,” said Orrock.
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