It’s Too Early To Call It A Drought, But Northern California’s Snowpack Almost Nonexistent

The snow has yet to really fly in the Northern California, and while many ski resorts are feeling the heat, the state’s fly fishermen are also keeping a wary eye on the weather.

After all, this winter’s snow becomes next year’s trout, steelhead and salmon water. The Snotel map suggests the whole west is suffering (click map image for updated map):

Snotel screen

Drought? Or just late start to winter?

Keep in mind that much last year’s record snowpack fell in March, so while the forecast predicts no storms in the next week, a comeback is not out of the question.