Friday, March 6, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Snow survey results ‘grim’
DSC_3258e FRANK GEHRKE, Department of Water Resources chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys, uses a bucket and a scale to measure the water content from six snow samples taken during a snow survey on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
The results of Tuesday's snow survey at Phillips Station were disappointing, with an average of 6.7 inches of snow on the ground and slightly less than one inch of water content.

At only 5 percent of the historical average for the site, the results were actually down from last month's average of 12 percent.

"It's pretty grim," said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), as he checked the numbers.

"And pretty reflective of measurements we've been taking up and down the Sierra over the past week or so as well as reflected in the telemetry measurements that come in each hour.

"We're nudging up against the lowest snowpack on record," he said, citing the snowpacks recorded in 1991 and 1977.

"Clearly there's no good news in terms of any runoff," he continued. "We were fortunate to have a fairly wet..."

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