Victor Wynne

California’s epic snowstorms

Molly Taft:

California’s Department of Water Resources reported Tuesday that snowfall totals were 145% of normal for this date in the Northern Sierra Nevadas, 157% in the Central Sierra Nevadas, and 161% of normal in the Southern Sierra Nevadas. The snow totals for this month broke a 50-year record in Tahoe by more than 23 inches (58 centimeters): total December snowfall on Monday measured 16 feet and 1.7 inches (4.92 meters), according to the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab. Of that snow total, 38.9 inches (98.8 centimeters) fell in 24 hours. The huge amount of snow in the area means that the Tahoe Basin is currently at 200% of average for snow water equivalent—the measurement of how much water would be produced when all the snow melts—for this time of year.

So happy to see this for a state that receives almost one third of its water supply from the winter snowpacks.