August 30, 2014
No matter how you look at it, this past winter was a bust… snowpack-wise.
April 1 marked the traditional end to the snow season, and at the Mount Rose snow survey site, the snowpack is 44% of where it should be.
Across the Sierra, the early April snowpack averages about 40% to 50% of normal. In the Lake Tahoe basin, it's only 38%.
Hydrologists say that means our natural runoff this year should be a little less than half of usual.