Drought concerns deepen as snowpack melts away
The snowpack on the far reaches of the Stanislaus River watershed in late June was as anemic as it gets in mid-August. Atop the 11,404-foot summit of Sonora Peak — the highest and eastern most point where water from melting snow makes its way into the middle fork of the Stanislaus River — the view was reminiscent of a typical precipitation year leading up to Labor Day and not the Fourth of July weekend. Small splotches and not wide swaths of snow were on the horizon looking south toward Yosemite. … This is the result of 60 percent of California being in an exceptional drought — as in exceptionally bad.
- Los Angeles Times: A year’s worth of California rainfall has gone missing
- Associated Press: Warming world creates more hazards for Alpine glaciers