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Friday, February 3, 2012

A Graph...We Need Snow!

Need I say more!

Here is the headline in today's local paper, the Sierra Sun:

'We're way below average'
Snow surveyors: Second driest year in more the six decades

selected excerpts:

"...15.6 inches of snow at Phillips Station near the entrance of Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort...snow contained the equivalent of 3.8 inches of water, just 19 percent of the long-term average for snow at the survey site...measurements make 2012 the second driest year for the site since the Department of Water Resources began  keeping records in 1946. Last year at this time...28.4 inches of water in the snowpack at Phillip Station, more that seven times what was on the ground this week.

This winter season has been similar to 1958, but not as bad as 1963...Snow survey sites within the Lake Tahoe Basin fared slightly better than the Echo Summit site...with measurement sites running between 26 and 48 percent of the of their long-term averages...There is little hope of change through the end of February...

...We have good reservoir storage thanks to wet conditions last year... Mark Cowen, Director of the Water Resources..."

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