Sierra Nevada Snowpack Largest in Nearly 30 Years


The San Jose Mercury News reports:

The statewide Sierra Nevada snowpack — the source of nearly one-third of California’s water supply — is at its highest level since 1995, boosting hopes that an end to the drought is near, but also raising concerns that a few warm spring storms could melt it too early and trigger major flooding.

The snowpack was 208% of its historical average for this time of year on Tuesday, a day ahead of the high-profile Feb. 1 snow survey that state officials planned to take near Highway 50 by Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort with TV cameras in tow. The last time there was as much snow, 28 years ago, on Feb. 1, 1995, it was 207% of normal.


As seen in the graph at the top of this post, you can compare the data from today with the data from 1995.

A map provided by the  California Department of Water Resources illustrates where the snowpack is by region and percentages. That data is current as of January 31, 2023:


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