Snowpack levels surge in the Sierra Nevada, help power California out of drought
Snowpack levels surge in the Sierra Nevada, help power California out of drought.
New measurements taken Wednesday show that California’s incredibly wet winter has resulted in historically high snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada, underscoring the state’s rapid march out of drought conditions.
The Sierra Nevada mountains provide about a third of California’s water when the snow melts in the spring and summer.
The average snowpack across the entire range was at 185% of normal conditions Wednesday, the Department of Water Resources said.
By region, the Northern Sierra Nevada snowpack was at 159%, the Central was at 191% and the Southern was at a whopping 201% of average for this date, data showed.
This winter has been California’s wettest in at least 20 years, and in some parts of the state, it may be the rainiest in history, according to state data.
Parts of Northern California are on track to record their wettest winter on record, with a series of powerful atmospheric river storms causing flooding, levee breaks and avalanche conditions.
The federal drought monitor shows the vast majority of the state is out of its five-year-long drought.
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