[env-trinity] First Trinity snow survey comes up only 22 percent of average By AMY GITTELSOHN The Trinity Journal Feb 7, 2018 0
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First Trinity snow survey comes up only 22 percent of average
- By AMY GITTELSOHN The Trinity Journal
- Feb 7, 2018
The results of the Feb. 1 snow survey in Trinity County are in, showing the snowpack for the Trinity River Basin to be at only about 22 percent of average for this time of year.The “Feb. 1” surveys are done over about a week’s time at the end of January and beginning of February.“Pretty sparse up there,” said Josh Smith from the Watershed Research and Training Center, who coordinates the surveys in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.At the Deadfall Lakes at 7,200 feet in northeast Trinity County, 15.5 inches of snow was measured with water content of 4 inches.At Red Rock Mountain in the Trinity Alps Wilderness at 6,700 feet, 39.5 inches of snow was measured with water content of 8 inches. The measurements are higher than the other Alps sites because they were done a few days earlier before the snow warmed and settled.At Bear Basin at 6,500 feet in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, 18 inches of snow was measured, water content 3.5 inches.At Shimmy Lake at 6,400 feet in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, 16 inches of snow was measured with a water content of 5 inches.At the Highland Lakes northeast of Trinity Lake at 6,030 feet, 12.5 inches of snow was measured with water content of 4 inches.At Big Flat at 5,100 feet in northern Trinity County, 9.5 inches of snow was measured with water content of 2.5 inches.Altogether, the basin average was at 22 percent for this time of year. This is similar to the situation statewide, with combined snow courses coming in at 24 percent of the Feb. 1 average.
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