Monday, March 30, 2015

Another bad sign

Snowpack in Sierra Nevada hits unprecedented low

At Dodson's Meadow, elevation 8,050 feet in the north fork watershed of the Kings River, PG&E inspectors found very little snow and a lot of bare ground. Usually, this meadow would have several feet of snow in late March. MARK GROSSI/Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

San Francisco Chronicle

The abominable snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached an unprecedented low this week, dipping below the historic lows in 1977 and 2014 for the driest winter in 65 years of record-keeping. Electronic surveys show the water content of the snow throughout the Sierra is a shocking 8 percent of the historical average for this time of year, by far the driest it has been since 1950.

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Another dry winter forces pressure for action

Circle of Blue

Pressured by a relentless drought that produced the lowest winter snowfall in history and shows no signs of lifting, California's local and state government administrators are responding with emergency measures that reflect their concern that the state is actually running out of water.

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Drought: Ag industry may lose $1 billion in 2 years

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

California agriculture is in line for $1 billion in losses this year and next, on the heels of a drought-induced $1.5 billion hit in 2014, UC Davis scientists said. "We're in a world of hurt," said Daniel Sumner, an agricultural economist, forecasting a fallowing of up to 1 million acres of irrigated farmland this year, twice as much as last year.

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