Sierra Snowpack Vanishing. 3rd Year Of Calif. Drought Looks Inevitable

"Snowpack down to 64% with no major storms on horizon as winter rainy season has only 1 month left"

"Get ready for more brown lawns, high fire danger and water restrictions this summer.

California’s severe drought, which seemed to be retreating after soaking storms in October and December, is now all but certain to continue into a third year after the driest January and February in recorded history.

“We were so far above normal early in the winter,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Half Moon Bay. “But the rainfall season has just flat-lined. It has died.”

On Tuesday, officials from the State Department of Water Resources are scheduled to take a monthly snowpack reading in a media event at Phillips Station, near Sierra-at-Tahoe ski area. Statewide, they already know the news.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack — which provides nearly one-third of California’s water supply — on Monday was 64% of its historical average for that date, based on automatic sensors spread out over hundreds of miles. That’s nearly the same as last year on March 1, when it was 61%, and is nothing less than a massive collapse from the 168% of normal it was on New Year’s Day."

Paul Rogers reports for the San Jose Mercury News February 28, 2022.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 03/01/2022