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Snowpack's Water Content Near Historic Low

Today's manual snow survey by DWR's Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, found a continuing decline in the snowpack's water content compared to winter's first two surveys. At 0.9 inches, the water content was 5 percent of the March 3 average near Echo Summit. Statewide, the water content was just 19 percent of average, the second lowest early-March reading since 1950. Precipitation from only two storm systems this winter, the warmest in California's recorded history, has fallen mostly as rain. DWR forecasts critically low runoff to the state's reservoirs from the melting snowpack this summer.

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