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