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Final 2019 Snow Survey

The Department of Water Resources conducted the fifth and final snow survey of 2019 yesterday.  The manual survey taken at Phillips Station, recorded 47 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 27.5 inches, which is 188 percent of average for this location.  Statewide, California’s snowpack sits at 31 inches of snow water equivalent (SWE), which is 144 percent of average for this time of year.  Snow water equivalent is the depth of water that theoretically would result if the entire snowpack melted instantaneously.  The snowpack’s water content is the most important factor for water managers and hydrologists to measure because it is tied directly to water supply.  Thursday's readings will help hydrologists forecast spring and summer snowmelt runoff into rivers and reservoirs. The melting snow supplies approximately one-third of the water used by Californians.  The state’s largest six reservoirs currently hold between 96 percent and 128 percent (Melones) of their historical averages for this date.  DWR conducts up to five snow surveys each winter – near the first of January, February, March, April and, if necessary, May – at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada just off Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe.  The 2019 snowpack reached its peak on March 31 and is the fifth largest on record.                                                                

  Written by KVGC Staff

 

 

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