In the News – Snowpack is now one of the largest ever, bringing drought relief, flooding concerns
April 4, 2023 | Member Submitted
Originally published in the Sierra Sun on 4/4/23. Written by Staff Report.
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources today conducted the fourth snow survey of the season at Phillips Station. The manual survey recorded 126.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 54 inches, which is 221 percent of average for this location on April 3.
The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and is a key component of DWR’s water supply forecast. DWR’s electronic readings from 130 snow sensors placed throughout the state indicate the statewide snowpack’s snow water equivalent is 61.1 inches, or 237 percent of average for this date.