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First 2012 California Snow Survey Shows Skimpy Snowpack

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Measurements taken by the State Department of Water Resources show the snowpack's statewide water content is at 19-percent of normal for this time of year.   In one mountain spot, surveyors couldn't even find any snow to measure.  Maury Roos is a state hydrologist.  He says these measurements mark a stark contrast to last year.

"Last year we were looking at around 200-percent of normal. We had a whopping start last year with a very wet December.  January was dry.  But then the rain and snow started again in mid-February and we wound up with one of the higher packs, which is one of the reasons we have the good carryover storage."

The State Department of Water Resources says California's principal reservoir is at 114-percent of average-because of last year's wet weather. Mountain snow that melts into reservoirs and streams provides about one-third of the water for Californians.



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