2015-04-02 / Front Page

Snow survey posts dismal 2% of average

Minimal snowfall was evident as cumulus billowed over the Cathedral Range on Sunday, March 29. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Minimal snowfall was evident as cumulus billowed over the Cathedral Range on Sunday, March 29. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Friday, April 3, 2015 - The 2 percent April 1 snow survey result for the Merced River is near the bottom of the month's record-breaking totals for major Sierra river basins. The American River fared worse, with 1 percent.

The results compare April 1 snow on the ground to April 1 averages based on snow data from 1951 to 2000.

The April result for the Merced River Basin "is the driest April 1 snow survey on record" for the basin, Yosemite National Park wilderness ranger Mark Fincher said.

Nearby areas fared somewhat better. A total of 11.5 inches of snow sat at 9,000-plus-foot Dana Meadows near Tuolumne Meadows on April 1. The date's percent of average for the Tuolumne River Basin was 7 percent of average.

A pair of weak storms are forecast to drop close to 6 inches of snow over the high country by Tuesday, April 7, the National Weather Service said today. 

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