California's snow survey shows far less snow than last month

Jan 29, 2015 3:46 PM by Debbie Cobb

ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. (AP) - California's second snow survey finds the Sierra Nevada snowpack far below normal after a dry and unusually warm January.

Thursday's manual snow survey found a snow water equivalent of just 2.3 inches in the scant snowpack near Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento.

That is just 12 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at that particular snow course.

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, says there was 7.1 inches of snow on the ground Thursday.

During the first winter snow survey on Dec. 30, there was 21.3 inches of snow on the ground after recent heavy storms.

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


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