No Drought Yet, But Snowpack at '30 Percent' of Normal

A dry winter has left the Sierra snowpack at 30 percent of normal.

By Chris Roberts
|  Saturday, Feb 25, 2012  |  Updated 7:33 AM PDT
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Don't call it a drought (yet). But don't call it a snow-heavy winter, either.

Snowpack levels in the Sierra mountains -- a key indicator in determining how much water will be available to Central Valley farmers and municipal water users alike -- are at 30 percent of normal, according to reports, which spells setback for natural resources in 2012.

Already, farmers have been informed that they'll get around half of the water they've requested, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Reservoirs are at 110 percent of normal, according to the newspaper, thanks to last year's wet winter.

The snowpack has another month to improve: April 1 is when the snowpack is at its peak, and when state water-watchers can determine exactly what they can promise to farmers in the hot and dry Central Valley. 

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