Latest Snowpack Measurements Indicate ‘Critically Dry Year’ Ahead for California

Latest Snowpack Measurements Indicate ‘Critically Dry Year’ Ahead for California

The California Department of Water Resources said the latest measurements of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada indicate that the Golden State faces a year of drought.

The latest measurements from the department’s electronic snow survey stations indicate the statewide snowpack was only 59% of average on April 1, the date when it is typically deepest.

There was little snow on the ground on that date at the Phillips Station, the location near Lake Tahoe that is often featured in official photos.


by Chris Jennewein