The final survey for 2014 found more bare ground than snow in the Sierra Nevada, and the snowpack at a mere 18 percent of average.
Survey finds snow levels in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains and reservoirs statewide well below normal. State water officials are pushing for conservation.
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.
State water managers say a recent spate of storms has brought California’s water supply up to more than half of normal levels, but that is still not enough rain to change dry conditions in Southern California.
State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year’s dry winter, leaving California’s snowpack at below average levels.
The state Department of Water Resources conducted its first snow survey of the season Tuesday but found little snow to measure.
This year’s formidable Sierra snowpack has brought good news to California farmers and cities that have endured years of drought.