Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The California water outlook remains positive this summer. Department of Water Resources hydrologists measured the water content of the snow pack Tuesday.
The snow pack is 124 percent of normal for this time of year, Ted Thomas with the department said. In fact, he said the snow is wetter now than it usually is at the end of the water season next month.
“Water content usually is at its peak on April 1 and already this winter our readings up and down the mountain ranges are above the normal full season reading,” Thomas said.
The department uses the readings to make decisions about water allocation. Currently the state water project plans to deliver 60 percent of the requested water to farms, homes and businesses. However, Thomas said that may go up, given these new numbers.
Melting Sierra snow provides nearly a third of California’s water supply.