NID finds snowpack just above average |

NID finds snowpack just above average

A look at the South Yuba River. Recent snowpack data, an indicator of how local water supplies will fare, found it was at about average for this time of year.
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Western Nevada County seems to have sound water supplies, Nevada Irrigation District data shows.

The mountain snowpacks holds 103 percent of average water content, NID’s latest official snow survey indicates. The Feb. 1 snow survey, an early indication of the county’s water supplies, was conducted Jan. 29 and 30.

“We’re slightly above average for this time of year,” Sue Sindt, NID operations supervisor, said Wednesday. “Our reservoir storage is also above average for this time of the year,” she added.

December’s precipitation was 217 percent of average, while January’s precipitation, a relatively dry month, was 51 percent of average.

NID conducts three official snow surveys each year. The April snow survey is generally considered the best indicator of water supplies.

NID’s highest snow course, Webber Peak at 7,800 feet, had 67 inches of snow with a water content of 27.6 inches.

The English Mountain snow course (7,100 feet) had 66.4 inches of snow with a water content of 28.1 inches.

Webber Lake (7,000 feet) had 56.6 inches of snow with a water content of 22.3 inches; Findley Peak (6,500 feet) had a snow pack of 45.2 inches and a 18.2-inch water content. Bowman reservoir (5,650 feet) had 34.2 inches of snow and a 14.2-inch water content.

Chalk Bluff snow course (the lowest at 4,850 feet) on the Deer Creek watershed, had 8.6 inches with a water content of 4.1 inches. That data was not included in the average.

NID’s 10 reservoirs are storing 188,700 acre-feet of water – or 75 percent of capacity and 116 percent of average for this date, NID data shows. maximum capacity is 250,280 acre feet

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection continuously monitors fuel moisture data. Spring data will indicate whether there is going to be an early spring and whether that will lead to an early drying of the fuel – and an earlier and longer fire season, Tony Clarabut, CDF unit chief, said Wednesday.

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