Despite a series of early season storms, a dry January means California’s snowpack has fallen below normal for this date:
Snow surveyors today reported that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is below average for the date.
Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack’s statewide water content at 93 percent of average for this time of year. That is 55 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt.
Things are not dire; a couple early “warm” storms didn’t leave much snow, but helped recharge the state’s reservoirs. Then some record-setting pre-Holiday storms created a large snowpack.
That was a good start, but January was one of the driest on record, so our early snowpack isn’t quite measuring up.
The last several years California has seen its snowpack bolstered by sizable late spring storms, and while you don’t necessarily want to count on that when so much of your state depends on snowpack, you do recogninze the futility of panicking early.