California’s Dismal Snowpack/Waterpack Numbers Tick Up Ever So Slightly

A weeklong series of storms have bumped California’s snowpack/waterpack up from the truly dismal to the depressing.

The southern Sierras remain at only 37% of normal for this time of the year (the water year ends on April 1) while the Central and Northern Sierras are doing a bit better (45% and 53% respectively).

California snowpack

California's drought looks certain (click graph for latest numbers)

As always, already-stressed fish populations suffer bigger hits during drought years than is the case with healthier populations.

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