December storms can’t overcome dry fall in California
The first snow survey in California was ambiguous. While it showed the mountains just southeast of Lake Tahoe contains a snowpack that is approximately average for this point of the winter, the automatic snow sensor network shows an impoverished snowpack throughout the Sierra, particularly in the southern reach of the range.
- Sacramento Bee: Snowfall in much of the Sierra remains sparse. Is California in another drought?
- San Francisco Chronicle: Dismal California snowpack is bad sign for water supplies
- California Department of Water Resources news release: Late December Storms Not Enough to Offset California’s Dry Fall
- Blog: Semi-active winter pattern likely across NorCal, but magnitude of pattern change uncertain (and good riddance to 2020)