Disappointing Start to 2017-18 Snow Pack Season

December 22, 2017 01:32 PM

California’s massive farm economy relies heavily on the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but the snowy season is off to a slow start, according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. As of mid-December the liquid equivalent of snow in the mountain range has measured just two inches, or about a third of the average amount. When the snow melts, it runs into state and federal water aqueducts and canals, supplying farms in the central and southern regions of the state. Rippey comments on the Sierra snowpack.

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