Sierra snowpack water measures 134% of average
El DORADO COUNTY, CA - California, which relies heavily on winter snowpack turning into water for residents, agriculture and industry, is off to a good start this season.
According to the season's first manual reading of the Sierra Nevada snowpack this season, snowpack water content is one-third above average for the date. Measurements taken at three locations and different elevations near Echo Summit off Highway 50 in El Dorado County on Wednesday morning found snow depth ranging from 48.6 inches to 56 inches with water content ranging from 12.1 inches to 16 inches.
The January to May monthly manual measurements supplement electronic sensor readings taken from the multiple locations from the northern to southern Sierra.
California Department of Water Resources spokesman Ted Thomas said reservoirs were also looking good early in the season. Lake ...