Daniel McEvoy, WRCC/DRI Julie Kalansky, CNAP/CW3E/SIO/ UCSD Justin Huntington, WRCC/DRI Amanda Sheffield, CNAP/SIO/ UCSD


Published date March 27, 2017

California-Nevada Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar - March 27 | U.S Drought Portal



While this water year has brought record-breaking precipitation to theregion, the same cannot be said for recordbreaking snowpack. Snowpack is above average in California and Nevada, however the Sierra Nevada’s snow water content is less than in 1982-1983 (i.e. maximum observed snowpack). This is due to above normal temperatures in most of California and Nevada and high storm snow levels.

As of March 26th, Nevada SNOTEL sites range between 107% to greater than 210% of normal snow water equivalent for this time of year, while California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR) north, central, and south automated snow sensors in the Sierra Nevada are at 146%, 174%, and 165% of normal, respectively