The first snow survey of 2017 completed between Jan. 25 and Feb. 3 on the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest shows the snow depth at 135 percent of the historic average and water content at 128 percent of the historic average, both up from last year when the snow depth was 127 percent of historic average and the water content was 124 percent.

All scheduled courses were sampled.

The data below was used by the Forest Service to create the chart, which compares current snow depth and water content at each site surveyed to historic averages.

The Deadfall Lakes course is surveyed for the Trinity River watershed. Parks and Sweet Water courses are surveyed for the Shasta River watershed. Due to access issues at this time, PG&E measures the Stouts Meadow course.

For more information and historical data, visit the California Department of Water Resources webpage at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow.

 

Sacramento, Shasta and Trinity Watersheds

    February 2017 February 2016 Historical Average Course Elevation (ft.) Snow Depth (in.) Water Content (in.) Snow Depth (in.) Water Content (in.) Snow Depth (in.) Water Content (in.) Horse Camp 7,900  131 50 120  43 87.9  32.6  Sand Flat  6,800  93  31  98.4  35  72.2  25.8  Gray Rocks  6,200  113  37  90  34  76.2  27.6  Sweetwater 5,850  48.7  13.5 36.1 8.6  33  9.9  Parks Creek 6,700  77  24.4  85.4  26  69.9  23.2  Deadfall Lakes 7,200  72  23.6  70.7  26.6  56.2  20.6  Avg of courses sampled   89  29.9  83.43  28.9  65.9  23.3  Percent of Historical Avg.   135  128 127  124      McCloud Watershed         Course  Elevation (ft.) Snow Depth (in.)  Water Content (in.)  Snow Depth (in.)  Water Content (in.)  Snow Depth (in.)  Water Content (in.) Brewer Creek 6,250  91  25  76  31  52.2  18.8  Stouts Meadow 5,400  84  22.5  56  22  57.5  21.5  Avg of courses sampled   88 23.8  66  26.5  54.9  20.2  Percent of Historical Avg.   160 118  120  132