January Storms Boost Sierra Snow Pack

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 31, 2008

The latest survey in the Northern Sierra Nevada shows quite a change in the snow levels—just from last month.  Elissa Lynn is a Senior Meteorologist with the state Department of Water Resources. She says it’s around twenty percent more than what is usually expected at this time of year. 

 “This is such a huge improvement. A month ago we were only sixty-percent of normal and it’s even better than last year. Last year wasn’t a good year. This time last year we were at 40-percent of average and that’s how we ended the season."

Lynn says it’s still too early to say how the rest of the season will shape up.  The department notes January is typically one of the wettest months.  The snow pack and measurements of the snow water content are important for hydrologists to prepare forecasts for the state’s water supply.  The next survey is scheduled for early March.