Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Making a dent

Reservoirs slowly filling, Sierra snowpack above normal

California's snowpack is at its highest level in 5 years. JANET LOEHRKE and DOYLE RICE / USA Today

USA Today

Capital Public Radio

The second Sierra snowpack measurement of the winter is Tuesday. January has brought much needed snow, but February may start a bit more slowly. It was the best month for snowpack in January since 2011, and the statewide snowpack is above normal. The pattern of storms every one to three days has shifted to the typical three to five days between weather systems.

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Snowpacks' tale: What a difference a year makes

U.S. Department of Agriculture

We are about halfway through the snow accumulation season in the West. A comparison of snowpack conditions now vs. those of a year ago reveals some significant contrasts. In the Cascades and Sierra, virtually little to no snow was recorded in 2015; this year, snowpacks are near to above normal.

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New groundwater law: All's well that tends wells?

California Magazine

The drought gets a lot of undeserved blame for California's water crisis. Naturally, four dry years have exacerbated the problem, but the real culprit is the state's Gold Rush–era water law. But now that the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act has been rolling out for a full year, all that drama is behind us, right? Well, not so fast.

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