Snowpack

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Rainfall Vs. Snowpack: California’s Confusing Drought

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Not all droughts are created equal.  In fact, not all dry years are created equal.  This is especially true this winter, where the disparity between our rainfall deficit (not that […]

03/24/2015

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir  on January 28, 2014 in San Jose. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Urban Water Use Increases Month-Over-Month, Despite Dwindling Snowpack, Lingering Drought

Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board Felicia Marcus said residents are falling far short of the twenty percent year over year conservation goal set by Governor Jerry Brown.

03/03/2015

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California’s 3rd Snowpack Measure This Winter Far Below Normal

California’s third snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal and leaning toward being the lowest on record in more than two decades.

03/03/2015

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Sierra Snowpack Far Below Normal After Warm, Dry January

California’s second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

01/29/2015

A car drives through a flooded street in San Jose on December 11, 2014. (CBS)

California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Rain To End Drought As Water Officials Continue Call For Conservation

New numbers show the percentage of the state in the exceptional drought category has dropped from just over 55 percent last week to 32 percent.

12/18/2014

Snow at Kirkwood

California Rain Storms Bring Major SFO Flight Delays, Snow At Tahoe Ski Resorts

Rain, fog and wind gusts triggered hours of flight delays at San Francisco’s airport on a busy post-Thanksgiving Sunday, while Sierra Nevada ski resorts enjoyed a few inches of snow.

12/01/2014

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

California Snowpack At 18 Percent Of Average

With summer approaching state water managers say California’s snowpack is at 18 percent of average for the date.

05/01/2014

The California Department of Water Resources weighs a snow sample on January 29, 2010 near Meyers, California. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Last California Snow Survey Reveals More Bleak Water News For The State

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.

05/01/2014

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

Sierra Snowpack Gets Boost From String Of Storms

A string of storms is giving a much-needed boost to a dismal Sierra snowpack just before the traditional peak of the snow season.

03/30/2014

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

California Snowpack Only 12 Percent Of Normal

State surveyors checking California’s snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.

01/30/2014

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