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California Snowpack Is Alarmingly Low In What May Be Driest January On Record

  • January 29, 2015

California is days away from completing what may become its driest January on record

Snowpack in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains sits at just 4.4 inches of water, around 20 inches below average for this time of year, according to data collected by the the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

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“It’s a little sad looking today,” LADWP spokeswoman Michelle Figueroa told The Huffington Post. “We’re hoping there’s going to be an uptick, and there’s been some snowfall we’re anticipating, but of course none of that can be entirely predictable. For now, we continue to push for [water] conservation.”

That snowpack is an important resource for Los Angeles. Water collected from the mountains feeds through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, one of four that flow from the north

Given the snowpack’s dismal numbers, the department plans to shift resources.

“Deliveries are really low, so that means we’re going to have to buy more water,” she said. The department currently purchases about half its water

Snow is incredibly important to the state’s water system, and climatologists were disappointed by what little of it fellone-third of the state’s water supply

California will need more precipitation “as snow versus rain

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