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Sierra Snowpack At 29 Percent Of Normal

Results from the latest snow survey in the Sierra are in, and as expected, they are lower than average.


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Storm Not Enough To Counter Record-Low Sierra Snowpack Results

The survey revealed snow levels at 12 percent of average for this time of the year. Before this survey, the previous record low was 21 percent in 1963 and 1991.


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Sierra Snowpack Up To 12% Of Normal

State surveyors checking California’s snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.


Snow Surveyor

Final Survey Reveals Sierra Snowpack Only At Half Normal

The fourth and final snow survey of the year happened under bright blue skies, and brought bad news.


California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke, DWR Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs January 29, 2010 near Meyers, California. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Water Supplies Adequate Despite Thin Snowpack

Sierra snow depths are well below normal for this time of year, but reservoirs that remain full from last year’s massive snowpack are expected to provide adequate water supplies for California’s farms and cities.


Reporters gather in a dry meadow as California state water officials take the first snow survey of the year with now snow to be found. Jan. 3, 2012 (credit: CBS)

First Snow Survey Of The Year Comes Up Dry

California state water officials trekked to the Sierra this morning for the year’s first snow survey only to find no snow.


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Final Snow Survey Is Good News For Cities, Farms

Warmer spring temperatures have begun melting California’s formidable Sierra snowpack, but it’s still deep enough to comfort state water managers.


West shore of Lake Tahoe. (credit: Elani Malone)

Recent Storms Add To Record Snowpack

Chris Rivest’s father sent him from San Francisco to the family vacation cabin near the Sierra Nevada crest with a seemingly simple chore — clear it and the driveway of snow.


Blowing Snow

Sierra Snowpack Remains Deep Despite Dry January

California officials expect to deliver more water to farms and cities than they did last year despite a relatively dry January.