Snow Survey Shows Wet Conditions
Snow surveys reveal that water content in California's mountain snowpack is well above average for the date.
Readings on Wednesday record the snowpack's statewide water content at 134% of average for this time of year. That is 49% of the average measurement on April 1st, when the snowpack is at it's peak.
The mountain snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for California homes, farms and industries as it slowly melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in the spring and early summer.
DWR spokesman, Ted Thomas, says we are off to a good water supply start for the year, but wet conditions have turned dry before and we must always practice conservation.
Manual snow surveys are conducted around the first of the month from January to May.
In addition to above average water content in the snowpack, early storms this season have helped to replenish the states water reservoirs.