Snowpack Heads Over Normal For the Year

As the numbers start to roll in, some snow sensors show that the snow pack has exceeded the normal total for the season in the Southern Sierra.

Its still February, but the Department of Water Resources website shows that for the Southern Sierra, including the Owens, Kern, and San Joaquin River drainage storms brought the snow fall total to just over 100% of normal for the season. The information comes from well-placed snow sensors.

According to the DWR website, remote snow sensors in the central Sierra, north of the Walker River, is just below normal for the year.

Those numbers are subject to change and offer a broad look at the snowpack. Locally, Sierrawave’s forecast specialist Dennis Mattinson reports that Mammoth is on its way to a normal or above normal year, with 97% of normal for water content so far.

The Owens Valley which gets about 5 – 6 inches of rain per year now rests at 4.32 inches and it looks like it’s also on its way to a normal year, according to Mattinson. Normal or above normal for local conditions now depends on what happens in March and into April.

 
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