Dry January Brings Snowpack Below Average
December’s storms are a distant memory after our dry January, and the monthly snowpack survey shows it.
Snow surveyors reported water content in the mountain snowpack is now below average for this date.
Manual and electronic readings were taken today around the Sierra, and found water content to be 93% of average for the end of January. The level is at 55% of the average for April 1, when the snowpack is considered at its peak.
Measurements taken in the northern mountains, near Echo Summit off Highway 50, show slightly higher readings, at 97% of normal for the date, and 59% of the April 1 seasonal average.
As for reservoirs, Lake Oroville is at 75% of capacity and Shasta Lake is at 76%.
According to the California Department of Water Resources, the snowpack provides a third of the water for California’s homes, farms, and industries.