Snow Pack

Snow surveyor. (CBS)

Warm Winter Projection Could Hurt Ski Season, Drought Recovery

Historic rainfall totals in December edged Northern California above normal rainfall for this time of year, a rarity during the state’s 3-year drought, but while the long-range rain projections continue to look promising, expectations of warm weather ahead could mean we’ll end up with another disappointing year for Sierra snow.

01/07/2015

A crew with the California Department of Water Resources measures the snowpack in the Sierra. (CBS)

1st Sierra Snow Pack Measurement This Winter Comes Up Short

Officials with the California Department of Water Resources measured the Sierra Nevada snow pack Tuesday — the first measurement of the snow pack this winter and things came up short.

12/30/2014

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke, DWR Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs January 29, 2010 near Meyers, California. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California’s Snowpack Is Only 17 Percent Of Normal

California’s last snow survey of the season is bad news for the millions of state residents who rely on the snowpack for their water.

05/02/2013

Snow in the Sierra (CBS)

California Snowpack 50% Of Normal, Water Officials Despair

There’s more bad news for California water users: the snow pack is just half the amount of normal and has already begun to melt.

03/28/2013

Fresh snow in the Sierra (CBS)

Survey Finds Sierra Snowpack Well Above Average

The first snow survey of the year took place Wednesday morning at four locations near Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and indicates that the state’s snowpack is wetter than average.

01/02/2013

Snow On Heavenly

Latest Sierra Snowpack Measure Fall Well Short Of Normal

There’s more bad news for Californians dependent upon Sierra snowmelt for water—the state snow survey on Tuesday measured just 30 percent of normal.

02/28/2012

Snowflake. (CBS)

Sierra Snowpack Level Near Record Low

California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday.

02/01/2012

Snow on the road in the Sierra. (CBS)

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Still Below Average After Recent Storms

State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year’s dry winter, leaving California’s snowpack at below average levels.

01/30/2012

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke, DWR Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs January 29, 2010 near Meyers, California. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Dry Start To Winter Leaves Sierra Without Snow

The state Department of Water Resources conducted its first snow survey of the season Tuesday but found little snow to measure.

01/03/2012

Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Valley

Formidable Snow Pack Means Good News For Farmers

This year’s formidable Sierra snowpack has brought good news to California farmers and cities that have endured years of drought.

CBS San Francisco–05/07/2011

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