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Snow Survey

Aug 09, 2017

No snow left? Aerial survey shows 8% still remains in the San Joaquin watershed:  “As of July 10 manual snow surveyors reported there’s zero snow left in the mountains above the San Joaquin River. But a new way to measure the snowpack from the sky is showing a different set of results.  “Already we’re seeing snowmelt 50 percent greater than it was last year and about 320 percent above what the observations were for 2014.” says Jeffrey Payne with the Friant Water Authority. … ”  Read more from Valley Public Radio here:  No snow left? Aerial survey shows 8% still remains in the San Joaquin watershed

Extreme heat reverses benefits of Oregon’s above-average snowpack:  “The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat and little precipitation.  While water reservoirs have reaped rewards from winter snow, people who rely on small tributaries for farming or irrigation are looking at potential shortages.  “We did get above normal snowpack we did get above normal precipitation, but once again here we are with this extended period of above-normal temperatures and it negates a lot of the positive influences that we have from that above-normal snowpack,” said Scott Oviatt, snow survey supervisor with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. … ”  Read more from KLCC here:  Extreme heat reverses benefits of Oregon’s above-average snowpack

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