Snow, What Snow?

Snow at 7,000 Feet - Sequoia National Forest

Snow at 7,000 Feet – Sequoia National Forest

Most of the snow results have been reported through the California Cooperative Snow Survey program. Each year, around the first of the month for several months, the snow is measured at dozens of sites up and down the Sierra Nevada mountains. What are the results? Well they are not looking good.

The Kern River drainage is currently at 20% of normal for the month, but 12% of normal for the year. If the Sierra Nevada mountains don’t get a series of cold storms to build up the current snow pack, it could to be a long dry summer. Should the trend continue, one should plan to experience wilderness conditions similar to last year or worse. Several high elevation meadows and streams were dry by July in 2014. High elevation lakes had water, but their levels were considerably lower than usual. Some species of trees show signs of drought and stress.

All this means is to keep updated on the weather and plan accordingly for your adventures out into the wilderness. You may consider moving your trip dates earlier to insure there is water. Stay tuned each month for a snow report.

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