California drought: Sierra snowpack is barely there

Peter Fimrite, SFGate, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2014

The snow levels in the Sierra were only 18 percent of average on Thursday, when the last of the season’s once-a-month measurements was taken by the California Department of Water Resources. That’s worse than last month, when the snowpack was 32 percent of normal for the date.  Conditions get worse the farther north one goes in the Sierra and Cascade ranges. The snowpack is a paltry 7 percent of average in the northern part of the state, according to the measurements. more