April normally brings the final measurement of the Sierra snowpack. But this year is not normal.
Two weeks into spring, winter keeps on coming. Chains or snow
tires were required this morning on both Interstate 80 and U-S 50
in California, as well as many other Sierra roads.
Dan Greenlee is a hydrologist with the U-S Natural Resources
Conservation Service in Reno.
He checked the snow depth near the Mount Rose summit yesterday
and found 15 and one-half feet. That's 150 percent of normal.
Last year's April measurement was 126 percent of normal.
As he puts it, "Pretty much the drought was over last year."
And he adds, "This definitely put the stamp on it."