Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Guv says, ‘Drought’ over

DUCKS AND GEESE gather in a snowdrift around Forebay Reservoir in Pollock Pines. EID's alpine reservoirs are surrounded by deep snow with water content 182 percent of normal. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

By
From page A1 | March 31, 2011 | Leave Comment

By Adam Jensen

It’s no surprise to anyone who spent hours shoveling snow from their driveway this winter, but California’s drought will not last into a fourth year.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown officially rescinded emergency drought declarations issued by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2008.

The move followed the release of California Cooperative Snow Survey results showing the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack rests at 165 percent of the long-term average for April 1.

Surveyors measured 124.2 inches of snow, containing the equivalent of 43.5 inches of water, at Phillips Station, near the entrance to Sierra-at-Tahoe, Wednesday. The water content is 154 percent of the long-term average for the site at this time of year.

And data from the Natural Resource Conservation District shows the Lake Tahoe Basin faring even better than the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.

Freel Beach has a snow depth of 63 inches with a water equivalent of 23.8 inches. This measurement is 222 percent of the long-term average for the site and approximately 94 percent of the snow received during the 1982-83 El Niño winter.

The deepest snow recorded at the site came in 1938, when surveyors found 70 inches. Conservation district staff expect snow measurements at Lake Lucille later this week to exceed 18.5 feet.

The El Dorado Irrigation District hydrographers took their snow survey near Caples Lake Tuesday.

For the three snow courses that feed into the American River watershed from around Caples Lake area EID measured an average snow depth of 141 inches and average water content of 54.5 inches. The April–July percent of average runoff was 182 percent of normal for these three snow courses.

More than 61 feet of snow has fallen on the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada this season, second only to the 1950-51 season when a total of 65 feet fell, according to records kept by the California Department of Transportation.

Several Sierra Nevada ski resorts have reported breaking snowfall records this season, but the amount of water in the snowpack has a precedent, said Frank Gehrke, chief of the cooperative snow survey program.

“It’s by no means record-breaking,” Gehrke said, comparing this season’s snowpack to 1995, which saw a mid-season lull similar to the six dry weeks experienced this year in January and the start of February.

Still, the above average snowpack is expected to ease water restrictions statewide.

“Recent storms have significantly contributed to the above-average snowpack, helping to stabilize California’s water supply for the year,” said California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin, in a statement. “While this is beneficial for California’s farms, businesses and communities, we remind residents to practice sensible water use and conservation as we transition to warmer weather.”

Mountain Democrat Photo Editor Krysten Kellum contributed to this report.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

.

News

 
Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

Past due state taxes bring arrest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 8 Comments | Gallery

 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

 
CPCSD seat unfilled

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

By News Release | From Page: A14, 6 Comments

 
.

Letters

Evacuation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

 
District 4 candidate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 15 Comments

Open meetings

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

 
Volunteers and homeless camps

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 29 Comments

Bicycle events and traffic control

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

 
.

Sports

Jennings wins national title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

King of the West roars into Placerville

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

 
First and goal: Bunt etiquette

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

 
Roundup: April 17, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Spring art brightens government center

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: April 18, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Time out: A grand time at Grand China

By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

By News Release | From Page: B3

 
Student art featured for Third Saturday

By News Release | From Page: B3

Promenade in high style

By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

 
Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

 
Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

See what is inside the vault

By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

 
Eggstravaganza

By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

 
Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

By California Stage | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

KVIE calls for artists

By Kvie | From Page: B9

 
A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

 
Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

See wildflowers on train ride

By Railtown | From Page: B15

 
Easter at Northstar is family friendly

By Northstar California | From Page: B15

.

Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Roy Cluness Chaix

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frederick Wilbur Heymann

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur W. Cornell

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

 
Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

 
EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

.

Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A14

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
.

Home Source

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments