Central Sierra’s Snowpack Currently at 30% of Average | Snowpack Made up of Just Three Major Storms

Steven Agar | | WeatherWeather
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Snowpack clearly made up from three storms. Credit: UCB

This cool image, from UCB, shows that with some minor exceptions the bulk of the central Sierra’s snowpack is made up of three major storm periods. 


The snowpack has little stored cold content against continued clear weather, meaning that its relatively small mass wouldn’t take much of a temperature rise to begin melting.

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Current regional snowpack from automated snow sensors. Credit: Dept. of Water Services

This other image, courtesy of the Department of Water Services, shows that the current snowpack for the same area is 30% of average, and the state of California as a whole has a snowpack 24% of average.

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