The first of the month is when snow surveys for the State of California occur. Data is still coming in, but the news isn’t that good for a part of the country that depends so heavily on the snow pack. Last month California was at 5% of normal. The recent storms and entered snow surveys have the state up to 18% of normal for this time of year.
What does that mean for the wilderness? Currently snow survey results for the Kern River have the snow pack at 18% of normal with 2 out of 14 surveys reporting. The remaining 12 locations could bring that number up or down. If the trend continues, one could expect dryer than normal conditions and potentially fire restrictions enforced earlier than normal. No official word yet from federal agencies regarding fire restrictions has been released. Once the announcement is made, you can expect it to show up on goldentroutwilderness.org.