The Last Snow Survey for 2016

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Golden Trout Wilderness in the distance from Bald Mountain Lookout.

April 1 is the big day in California for snow surveys, but seldom do you hear about the May 1 results. These are some of the last snow surveys until 2017 and the results are in for the Golden Trout Wilderness. Sadly, it doesn’t look good.

According to the California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) the Kern River drainage is at 27% of normal for the year and 35% of normal for May. The warm weather California was experiencing in April appears to have done a number on the snow pack (see photo above). Once again people are encourage to plan ahead and share information regarding the water sources. The drought is not over yet and we are, once again, below the normal average for the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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