Graph provided by mercurynews.com
The storm cycle that recently impacted the Tahoe area dropped over 5 feet of snow. Sounds like a lot, but sadly the snowpack is at just 38% of normal. The measurements, taken on April 1st of each year, are typically the peak of snowpack in the Sierra. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reported a statewide average of just 32% of average.
This season has been abysmal for California skiers and snowboarders. Back in January, the snowpack in the Sierra was at just 12% of average, the lowest on record. The DWR reported that even if California receives sustained rain and snowfall in the Sierra for the rest of the season it still won’t end the drought.