2014-04-03 / Front Page

Snow totals low despite storms

By Carol Reiter | GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:30 p.m. - A Merced River snow survey taken on April 1 showed the river's snow total is only 28 percent of normal for this time of year. The finding was mirrored by other survey results taken across the Sierra.

The California Department of Water Resources snow surveyors found that the snowpack had increased due to some late-season storms. But with the snowpack at only 32 percent of normal, the reality of the severe drought is hitting the state.

In the Merced River basin, the numbers are grim. Yosemite Wilderness Ranger Mark Fincher said the snowpack is at only 28 percent of normal, and the Tuolumne River drainage is at 33 percent of normal.

“The lower elevation courses are particularly dry, with several setting new records for the date,” Fincher said.

To read the complete story, read the Thursday, April 10 MARIPOSA GAZETTE.

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