SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— The last Sierra snowpack measurement of the season was released Tuesday and as expected, it did not yield good news for California’s drought.
The California Department of Water Resources reported that the snowpack (usually at its peak this time of year) actually only produced 32 percent of its average water content to date.
State water officials trudged through some fresh snow to get their results, but even the late-season wallop of rain and snow over the last week and a half has only put Northern California rainfall at just 55 percent of its average.
However, rainfall totals and reservoirs are creeping upwards, but not nearly enough according to Andrea Pook from East Bay Municipal Utility District.
“It’s not dire, but it’s not great. We may make it through this year by the skin of our teeth and then we have a long-dry summer and then we’ll have to see what next year brings,” she said.
Pook said rainfall for the East Bay is at 56 percent of normal while her agency’s reservoirs are 62 percent full.