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Meager Sierra snowpack is way below average

Frank Gehrke
By Bettina Boxall
January 3, 2014, 4:51 p.m.

 

The signs aren’t good when the chief of California’s snow survey has to walk over bare ground to take a snowpack measurement in the Sierra Nevada, as Frank Gehrke did Friday near Echo Summit.

Manual and electronic readings up and down the range placed the statewide snowpack at 20% of normal for this date, adding to worries that 2014 could be a bad drought year.

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