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California Snowpack at Record Low, Less Than 10th of Normal Level

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 07:32 PM

Snowpack in California at the end of March is the lowest on record at less than a tenth of the normal level.

Reports vary on what current snowpack levels are, with The Washington Post reporting they are at 6 percent of the normal level and others putting the level at 8 percent. The previous record low snowpack was 25 percent of normal set in 1976-77 and tied last year.

California’s snowpack normally provides 30 percent of the state’s water supply during the summer and fall, Doug Carlson of the California Department of Water Resources told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“What this suggests is that we will have very little water running off. It accentuates the severity of the drought and emphasizes the importance of people cutting back on their water use,” Carlson said.

The department will take an official measurement of the snowpack on Wednesday near the Sierra-at-Tahoe resort, where the average April 1 snowpack is 66.5 inches.

“We don't expect to find any snow up there on Wednesday,” Carlson told the Chronicle. “It's pretty spooky.”

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. hydrographer Matt Meadows recently inspected snowpack, finding nothing in areas that normally would be covered in drifts, The Fresno Bee reported.

“I think people need to know how bad this is,” he said.

The utility uses a hydroelectric facility powered by snowpack to provide power to Fresno and Oakland during the summer.

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