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Disappointing Snowpack but Good Reservoirs

The snowpack in the Northern Sierras is not looking nearly as good as it did a year ago. Department of Water Resources Spokesperson Chris Orrock says that despite the most recent storms, the snow pack peaked on April 9 at sixty-six percent of average, and has since been declining.

Listen to Chris Orrock

The final measurement taken at Phillips Station is only one and a half inches or three percent of average.
Throughout the state the snowpack is now at thirty-seven percent. Orrock says the snow pack is one of three legs of California’s water storage system.

Listen to Chris Orrock

Orrock also says weather patterns that used to vary from year to year are now varying within a year.

Listen to Chris Orrock

Along with Lake Shasta looking good, Lake Oroville is also at eighty-seven percent of average.

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