The snowpack for the Sierra was taken yesterday by the California Department of Water Resources. The location for their study is off Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe. It’s a ways from Yosemite, but is a good indicator of conditions at the park. This was the first of many surveys and things are looking bright for a good waterfall season. Surveys are conducted the first week of every month during the winter season. 2012 was a real bust with low water in the rivers early in July. If you have relatives planning a trip to the park, have them come in May or June. It’s pretty then and the falls are pretty much guaranteed. A September trip will be sans waterfalls.
Currently, the statewide snowpack average is guessed at 134% of normal year-to-date. There is always caution in these reports. The winter season is still in its infancy and we can use more of the white stuff. I have friends going skiing this week at Tahoe resorts. The roads are clear and no precip is predicted. Wear a helmet!
The Sierra Nevada snowpack supplies about 30% of the water used in the state. The Merced and Tuolumne Rivers play a big part in the storage plan.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Teddy Roosevelt
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