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Sierra Snowpack Near Record Levels

Sierra Snowpack Near Record Levels

State water managers headed into the Sierra Nevada yesterday to manually measure California’s snowpack and what a difference a year can make. California’s Department of Water Resource figures show that the water content within the snowpack measured in at 185 percent of normal for the date.  Just a year ago, on March 1st, it came in at 84 percent of normal.  Officials report in some places the snowpack is near record-setting levels last seen in 1983.  Yesterday’s manual survey at the Phillips Station snow course came in at 179 percent of average for the date, with 43 inches of water content, which was 13 inches short of the record for that station.  Located in El Dorado County, Phillips has been measured for the past 76 winters. It’s also one of, hundreds of locations surveyed by hand and with digital monitors to determine how much water the snowpack will provide as it melts away into California’s reservoirs.  Overall, officials say that yesterday’s readings continue to look good for a much longer runoff period and good surface water supplies into the spring and summer.


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