California's Snowpack Is At Just 27% of Historical Average

California's Snowpack Is At Just 27% of Historical Average

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California's Snowpack Is At Just 27% of Historical Average

California is having another terrible snow year. The Department of Water Resources’ monthly snow survey taken at Phillips Station revealed a meager 13.6 inches of snow. That is just 14 percent of historical average for the Station’s snowpack this time of year.
The snow measurements taken on Thursday added to the statewide snowpack picture which is at an average 27 percent of normal, according to DWR statistics.
Thankfully, because of last winter’s record-setting rains, California’s reservoirs are still in good shape. As of Thursday, officials said state reservoirs were holding more water than normal for this time of year — about 105 percent of what is considered average for the end of January.
There is still a lot of winter still ahead and things can change quickly in the Sierra Nevada. The key to building a healthy snowpack moving forward will be colder temperatures that will deliver snow and not rain to the mountains of California.
 

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