A few days have gone by and the snow survey has been partially updated for the Kern River Basin. It looks like most of the surveys were done before the “big storm” this last weekend. Assuming the rest of the basin was done prior to the storm, the snow pack is at 19% for March 1 and 17% for the April deadline. It is not looking so good. Even with one survey after the storm completed at Big Whitney Meadow, it only shows 15% of the April 1 norm.
What will this mean for the wilderness? As many users have experience, one can expect lower water levels later in the year. Lake levels will be lower too. Some may even dry up depending on climatic conditions. However, there is still one more month to go. Will it be a “miracle March” this time around? All we can do is wait and see.