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California Snowpack at 134% of Average

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ECHO SUMMIT-

It’s no secret there is more snow in the Sierra now, than one year ago. Official measurements show the state’s water content is 134% above normal for this time of year, in fact.

The snowpack survey was done Wednesday near Echo Summit along Highway 50, and at two other locations in the central and southern Sierra.

The snowpack’s water content is normally at its peak in April, before the spring melt. It provides about a third of the water used in homes, on farms and in industries around the state.

“We are off to a good water supply start for the new year, but we have to remember that we have seen wet conditions suddenly turn dry more than once,” said DWR spokesman Ted Thomas in a press release. “We know from experience that California is a drought-prone state, and that we must always practice conservation.”

The Department of Water Resources believes they can deliver 40% of the water that has been requested for 2013. That estimate will change depending on the weather.

The wet November and December also replenished California’s reservoirs; Lake Oroville is at 113% of average for early January, and Shasta Lake is at 115% of normal for this date.

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