April survey shows Mt. Shasta area snowpack above normal

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A graph from the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest comparing results of the April 2017 snow survey in the Mt. Shasta area compared to historical averages.

April snow survey results for the Mt. Shasta area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest show a snowpack at 112% of normal with water content at 109% of normal, according to a report from the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit.

The April survey, the third of the year, was conducted between March 25 and April 4, 2017. All scheduled courses were sampled.

Similar results were found in the McCloud area, where the snowpack was 105% of normal with water content at 110% of normal.

The data and graph included in this post were distributed by the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit.

“These are welcomed numbers compared to the last few years,” according to Marcus Nova, the assistant resource officer for the Shasta McCloud Management Unit. “As noted during the March survey, the majority of the basin’s snowpack exists above 6,000 feet, a result of the warm El Nino weather pattern.”

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

For more information and historical data, visit the Department of Water Resources at