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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/02/2018 08:30 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/02/2018 08:30 AM
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Snowpack Below Average Despite Gains Says DWR

Sacramento, CA...Despite moderate January precipitation in the Sierra Nevada after an historically dry December, today’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey east of Sacramento found little snowpack there, two months into what is typically California’s wettest three months. Measurements at Phillips Station revealed a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 2.6 inches, 14 percent of the early-February average at Phillips as measured there since 1964. SWE is the depth of water that theoretically would result if the entire snowpack melted instantaneously. “California experiences the most variable weather in the nation,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “It’s vital that water conservation efforts remain consistent regardless of the year’s precipitation.”




More telling than a survey at a single location like Phillips are DWR’s electronic readings today from 103 stations scattered throughout the Sierra. Measurements indicate the SWE of the northern Sierra snowpack is 4.6 inches, 27 percent of the multi-decade average for today’s date. The central and southern Sierra readings are 5.8 inches (30 percent of average) and 3.8 inches (25 percent of average) respectively. Statewide, the snowpack’s SWE is 4.9 inches, or 27 percent of the Feb. 1 average.

“The snow survey today shows water content far below average for this time of year,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program who conducted today’s survey at Phillips. “Today’s measurements indicate an anemic snowpack to date, but there is still the possibility of a wet February and March.”

On average, the snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melts in the spring and early summer. The greater the snowpack water content, the greater the likelihood California’s reservoirs will receive ample runoff as the snowpack melts to meet the state’s water demand in the summer and fall.

The Phillips snow course, near the intersection of Highway 50 and Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, is one of 260 that are surveyed manually throughout the winter. Manual measurements augment the electronic readings from the snow pillows in the Sierra Nevada that provide a current snapshot of the water content in the snowpack.
Results of today’s manual readings by DWR near Echo Summit are as follows:
Location
Elevation
Snow Depth
Water Content
% of Long-Term Average
Alpha
7,600 feet
NA
NA
NA
Phillips Station
6,800 feet
13.6 inches
2.6 inches
14
Lyons Creek
6,700 feet
NA
NA
NA
Tamarack Flat
6,500 feet
14 inches
3.0 inches
17
California’s exceptionally high precipitation last winter and spring has resulted in above-average storage in 154 reservoirs tracked by the Department. DWR estimates total storage in those reservoirs at the end of January was 24.7 million acre feet (MAF), or 106 percent of the 23.4 MAF average for this time of year.

Electronic snowpack readings are available on the Internet at: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snowapp/sweq.action For earlier readings, click the calendar icon below the map, select a date, then Refresh Data.

Everyday water conservation tips at Save Our Water: http://saveourwater.com/
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Posted on: 2018-02-02 12:52:19   By: Anonymous
 
Dumbass libs! i ll use as much water as i need cause ain't no way no lib how think they so smart can tell me what to do with MY water MY tax dollars got me!

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    Posted on: 2018-02-02 19:32:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Dang Right! If you don't use it those flatlanders will.

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      Posted on: 2018-02-02 20:57:17   By: Anonymous
       
      Getting back to water how come they use as much as they want to keep these stupid golf courses green. Speaking of that did anyone else figure out why they found all the dead deer around green horn creek

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        Re: Why?
        Posted on: 2018-02-03 15:33:39   By: Anonymous
         
        They found all the dead deer around green horn creek because they hadn't moved for awhile.

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