Big storms pack in the snow for future water |

Big storms pack in the snow for future water

The water content of snow packed along the local mountain watershed stands at 122 percent of average because of major storms in January and February, the Nevada Irrigation District said Tuesday.

In the March 1 survey, average water content for five locations – at elevations of 4,850 feet to 7,800 feet – was measured at 37 inches, or 122 percent of the historic March 1 average of 30.2 inches.

“Our water supply is in a much better position this year than last year at this time, when the snowpack was 72 percent of average,” said Sue Sindt, an NID snow surveyor.

“We are optimistic about this year’s water supply,” she said. “This month, we measured the most snow ever for the Deer Creek watershed.”

The March 1 snow surveys showed NID’s highest course, Webber Peak, at 7,800 feet, with 102.8 inches of snow, with a water content of 37.7 inches. The English Mountain snow course (7,100 ft.) had 112.3 inches of snow, with a water content of 43.7 inches.

Webber Lake (7,000 ft.) had 98.4 inches of snow, with a water content of 35 inches. Findley Peak (6,500 ft.) had a snowpack of 90.7 inches and a 36.9-inch water content. Bowman Reservoir (5,650 ft.) had 74.8 inches of snow and a 31.5-inch water content.

Annual precipitation at NID’s Bowman Reservoir (elev. 5,650 ft.) reached 45.52 inches by Feb. 29, which is 94 percent of the March 1 average.

As of Feb. 29, NID water storage stood at 160,900 acre-feet, which equals 64 percent of capacity and 94 percent of average for the date.

NID conducts three official snow surveys each year, in February, March and April to predict water availability.

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