August 29, 2015
The Reno-Lake Tahoe area is on its way to recovery after a second straight wet winter, water experts said.
Measurements taken Tuesday show the average snowpack in the
Truckee River basin stands at 163 percent of average for the date.
That compares with 138 percent at the same time last year and 53
percent at the same time two years ago.
At one location measured Tuesday near the Mount Rose Summit the
snowpack stood at 177 percent of average.
"That's pretty tremendous," said Dan Greenlee, a snow surveyor
with the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service. "I'd consider
this pretty much a drought-buster."
It's another another sign the region is recovering from a
five-year drought, he said.