THIS JUST IN … Final Phillips Survey of 2019 Finds Healthy Late-Spring Snowpack

California’s snowpack is cold and dense From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the fifth and final Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey 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 […]

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THIS JUST IN … Final Survey of 2017 Finds Water-Rich Snowpack: Statewide 196% of May 1st average

  From the Department of Water Resources: Today’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) of 27.8 inches, 190 percent of the May 1 long-term average there (14.6 inches). Electronic measurements indicate the water content of the statewide snowpack today is 42.5 inches, 196 […]

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THIS JUST IN … Snow survey results: Snowpack’s water content 164% of historical average

From the Department of Water Resources: With every monthly measurement of the California snowpack this winter, the state’s rebound from the previous five years of drought becomes more evident. Today’s electronic readings from 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada show an average statewide snow water equivalent (SWE) of 45.8 inches, or 164 percent of the historical average for March 30 […]

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This just in … Snowpack’s Water Content Far Greater than One Year Ago, But It’s Still Too Soon To Know Whether Drought Will Be Broken

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California’s drought will be entrenched for a fifth year. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the heavy […]

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This just in … Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Virtually Gone; Water Content Now Is Only 5 Percent of Historic Average, Lowest Since 1950

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) found no snow whatsoever today during its manual survey for the media at 6,800 feet in the Sierra Nevada. This was the first time in 75 years of early-April measurements at the Phillips snow course that no snow was found there. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. observed […]

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Third Manual Snow Survey Confirms Shrinking Water Content; Statewide snowpack just 19% of March 3 average

From the Department of Water Resources: The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which Californians rely on heavily during the dry summer months for their water needs, continues to disappoint this winter. Despite the snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Range over the weekend that gladdened ski and snowboard enthusiasts, it was not enough to offset weeks with no snow at all. Today’s manual […]

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Survey Finds More Snow in Mountains, but Water Content Is Still Far Below Average for Date

From the Department of Water Resources: The first manual snow survey of the Sierra snowpack this winter found more snow than last year at this time, but the snow water equivalent as measured statewide remains far below average for this date. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the survey today about 90 miles east of Sacramento on a plot […]

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Final snow survey comes up dry as 3-year drought retains grip: Snow water content just 18% of normal statewide, but only 7% in Northern Sierras

From the Department of Water Resources: Today’s final snow survey of the year found more bare ground than snow as California faces another long, hot summer after a near-record dry winter Today’s manual and electronic readings recorded the statewide snowpack’s water content – which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and cities — at a […]

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California Farm Water Coalition, State Water Contractors and others react to snow survey results

Here are the reactions that I’ve received so far, in alphabetical order.  Others will be added as I receive them: From Mike Wade of the California Farm Water Coalition: “Today’s announcement that California’s snowpack is a mere 32 percent of normal is continued bad news for farmers throughout California that grow the food consumers find at the store. With the […]

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This just in … Despite storms, snowpack still far below normal – just 32% of average

From the Department of Water Resources: Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today found the Sierra snowpack boosted by late-season storms, but still far below normal as the spring melt fast approaches. Coupled with this winter’s scant rainfall, the meager snowpack — containing only 32 percent of average water content for the date – promises a gloomy summer for California […]

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