Eastern Sierra Snowpack Remains Low

The last round of storms brought a shot of fresh snow to the ski areas at Mammoth and June. The wet weather also added about two inches of much needed water content to the snowpack as the snow season winds down.

The latest numbers from the LA Department of Water and Power, show 37.9 inches of water content at Mammoth Pass. This is the same amount of water content in the snow at this time last year and is considered 88% normal to date. Rock Creek checks in at a low 51% of normal to date, while South Lake checks in with 83% of normal to date. Big Pine Creek is 89% of normal. On the southern end of the range, the Cottonwood Lakes station checks in with 68% of normal to date.

With rainfall totals that have been described as pathetic, Bishop, Big Pine, and Independence are all running well below normal for the year. With less then two inches of rain this winter, Bishop is listed at 34%of normal to date. Big Pine is at 25%, and Independence, with 2.67 of rain is 62% of normal to date.

Last year was marked by a dry March. This year it seems that January was the low storm month. There are no big storms on the radar before the official season ends on April 1. The 86% of normal for the year currently registered at Mammoth Pass could be it for the year.


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