The results of the final snow survey are in, and they couldn’t be much worse. “Mayday! Mayday!” now has a new meaning! Our frozen reservoir of snow in the Sierra Nevada was measured at 17 percent of the normal level for May 1 — May Day — the final date for these surveys. That certainly leaves us high and dry for the rest of 2013, since we normally won’t see any real precipitation here in California until late next Fall. See:
Fortunately, we have a nice “savings account” stored up in the State’s large reservoirs, so Draconian water shortages are probably not in our immediate future — except for the poor farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, south of the Sacramento River delta. Here’s hoping they can convert all of that farmland into “fracking” sites, so that the local economy doesn’t collapse completely.
Have you been studying for the Water Treatment Operator certification exam on May 18? You’ve got two weeks left to prepare, so get to it! Otherwise, you’ll be as “high and dry” as our Sierra snow pack.