Sierra snowpack thicker than last year

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State officials on Tuesday reported a deeper Sierra snowpack than last year but cautioned that California needs a much wetter winter to recharge its water supplies.

The state Department of Water Resources reported from its first snow survey of the season, taken at an elevation of 6,800 feet near South Lake Tahoe. The snow depth measured 41 inches, compared to 29.2 inches a year ago, while the water content was 83 percent of normal.

Electronic sensor readings taken throughout the range show the overall water content of the Sierra snowpack at 76 percent of normal, compared to 60 percent last year.

Last year, California marked its driest March and April on record.

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