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2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby rlown » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:37 pm

SACRAMENTO — California's third snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal and leaning toward being the lowest on record in more than two decades.

The survey on Tuesday found a snowpack water equivalent of just 0.9 inches in the snowpack near Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento.

This measurement shows a trend of declining water content in the snowpack. During the January snow measurement, the survey found a snowpack water equivalent of 2.3 inches.

The scant pack amounted to just 5 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at the survey spot. That's down from 12 percent in the last survey.

The snowpack supplies about a third of the water needed by state residents, agriculture and industry.

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, said there were 6.7 inches of snow on the ground at the survey spot on Tuesday.

Gehrke said the snowpack was comparable to 1991.


Full story at: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/36079 ... y-could-be (that was the whole story)

This is really sucking..

Do not interpret this as there might not be weather!!



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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby Jimr » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:26 pm

Hope for a March miracle
What?!
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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby ERIC » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:06 pm

Jimr wrote:Hope for a March miracle


Probability of a true miracle March in CA in any given year is not a lot better than any one of the highest probability locations on earth seeing a total solar eclipse.
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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby rlown » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:32 pm

This just means people who don't know how weather works will want to go out early because the tree in their front yard is blooming. Generally a bad idea early season unless you pay attention to the weather were you plan to visit Sierra.

It's been snowing off and on in Bishop and Mammoth every other day. soooo.. Watch the weather.

I want the miracle as well.
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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby Jimr » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:03 am

ERIC wrote:
Jimr wrote:Hope for a March miracle


Probability of a true miracle March in CA in any given year is not a lot better than any one of the highest probability locations on earth seeing a total solar eclipse.


Yeah, the last one was 25 years ago.
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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby richlong8 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:03 am

I work for an agricultural water district, and we deal with the effects of this everyday. Not a good situation.Its not over til the fat lady sings, but she doesn't have too many weeks left, or it will be another miserable water year.
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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:55 am

Here in the Tahoe basin there is virtually no snow on the ground. The lake is 0.2' below the rim of 6,223. If we don't get any more snow to help raise the lake level it will be a very dangerous/hazardous boating season this year. There will be a lot more beach however.
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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby rlown » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:59 am

My friend who lives in the Tahoe Keys posted this graph to me. It is sad.

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Re: 2015.03.03 snow survey results

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:25 pm

The one comforting thing about that graph is that is shows that the lake level is subject to a cyclical change. So even though we are "hurting" now, 2017/2018 should be the Winter to fill the lake back up.
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