Apr 4, 2016

California’s Water Supply for 2016: Context is Everything

Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
USA
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
The ruins of the Hannig Ice Cream Parlor are shown in the ghost town of St. Thomas on August 3, 2015, in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
The ruins of the Hannig Ice Cream Parlor are shown in the ghost town of St. Thomas on August 3, 2015, in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The pivotal end-of-March snow survey results are in from California’s Sierra Nevada--and whether the results are good or bad depends largely on your point of view. The current snowpack is about average when viewed from long-term climatology, bountiful against the backdrop of four years of punishing drought, and paltry next to what other “super” El Niño events have produced