The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will host the news media on March 30 for this winter’s fourth manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada. [...] The survey will determine the water content of the snow at Phillips.Watch here and at CapitalPress.com for updates.
Water Year 2017, which runs from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, has recorded extraordinary rainfall and snowfall in the Sierra Nevada range. The three regions DWR monitors continuously for rainfall have had nearly twice their average rainfall so far this year.
The statewide snowpack’s water content as determined by electronic readings also has been far above since early January. The statewide water content today is 44.7 inches, which is 160 percent of this date’s historical average.
The Phillips snow course has been measured each winter since 1941 and is one of hundreds that will be traversed during a 10-day period around April 1 to determine the water content of the snowpack, which normally contributes about 30 percent of California’s water. Manual readings supplement DWR’s electronic data.