March survey shows snowpack slightly below average

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A graph showing the 2016 March Shasta-McCloud Management Unit snow survey results compared with historical averages at the seven courses sampled between Feb. 24 and March 3.

Between Feb. 24 and March 3, the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest completed the second snow survey of 2016. All scheduled courses were sampled.

The month of February brought warm conditions leading to a slightly below normal snowpack. Although not an ideal snowpack, these are still favorable results compared to the last three years, according to a report from assistant resource officer Marcus Nova. The majority of the basin’s snowpack exists above 6,000 feet elevation, a result of the warm and wet El Nino.

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 website at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/.