Why We Can't Stop Talking About California’s Sierra Snowpack
"It's not just skiers who have been whipsawed this season between fear of another dry winter and delight over the epic January snowfall in the Sierra Nevada.
Also paying close attention: water wonks.
Why? Because melting Sierra snow provides somewhere between one-third and one-half of California's water supply. What determines just how much water is derived from that snow is called the "snowpack." "
Sierra snowpack doubles after January storms blanket California
(2018) Snow Pack Article LA Times