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Employees with the California Department of Water Resources just conducted their final snowpack survey of the season up at
Philips Station near Tahoe and the numbers aren't great, coming in at just 3% of average for this time of year.
California gets about 30% of its water from the melting snowpack.
How's the bigger picture for the entirety of the Sierra Nevada Mountains?
Sitting at 37% of normal.
It's still much better than it was in May, 2015 when we were in the throes of a terrible drought, and the
snowpack hit its lowest level in 500 years.
This year could've been worse than it is.
February — usually one of our wettest months — saw
record setting dryness, before we were sort of rescued b y precipitation in March and Apri l. Northern California missed out on much of the soaking.
Meanwhile, severe and extreme drought conditions are
spreading throughout the state as we're repeatedly hit by above average heat.
The good news? We've got a good amount of water
stored in our reservoirs because of the last few winters.
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