Sierra Snowpack Well Below Normal

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 2, 2007

The snowpack near Echo Summit is less than 2-feet. Water content amounted to 8-inches. That’s only 37-percent of normal. Don Strickland with the state Department of Water Resources says it’s shaping up to be one of the driest winters on record. 

"Probably the 4th or 5th driest season to date. The next question is ‘well, does that mean we’re in a drought?’ No it doesn’t because luckily we have a good deal of water storage in the reservoirs and also the groundwater levels are good."

News of the meager snowpack comes in the wake of Friday'sinternational report on global warming. But Strickland says department scientists don’t think the current dry spell is related to climate change.