Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California’s latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.
The survey on Thursday found a snowpack water equivalent of just 2.3 inches in the scant snowpack near Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento.
The state Department of Water Resources says it expects to find below-normal snowpack when it carries out the winter’s second survey in the Sierra Nevada.
The state’s first annual manual snowpack survey was conducted today and, as expected, found that although California has more snow now than this time last year, the snow water equivalent is still far below the average.
The state Department of Water Resources is slated to do the winter’s first manual measurement of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.
Results from the latest snow survey in the Sierra are in, and as expected, they are lower than average.
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.
State surveyors checking California’s snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.
The fourth and final snow survey of the year happened under bright blue skies, and brought bad news.
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.
California state water officials trekked to the Sierra this morning for the year’s first snow survey only to find no snow.
Warmer spring temperatures have begun melting California’s formidable Sierra snowpack, but it’s still deep enough to comfort state water managers.