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California’s Miracle March More Than Triples the Sierra Snowpack

Oh, what a difference a couple months can make.

If you can remember all the way back to February, we here at TGR were reporting about the growing concerns among California state officials that drought conditions could be returning to the state after last year's record-breaking ski season. But then came Miracle March.

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Multiple resorts throughout California have reported over 200 inches of snowfall in March alone, with Squaw-Alpine (228"), Kirkwood (204"), and Sierra-at-Tahoe (212") all scoring over 17 feet of snow in just this month. To quantify that, reports from the Tahoe Daily Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle, the snowpack in the Sierra has more than tripled in one month alone.

Per the Chronicle–and as noted by the National Weather Service–on February 22nd, there was an average of 4.6 inches of snow water content in the Sierra snowpack. By Mar 23rd there was 15.5 inches, going from 16 percent to 56 percent of the April 1st average.

They're buried at Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth Mountain photo.

"California's snowpack has experienced a pretty amazing recovery in recent weeks, which is great news!" Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, tweeted about the incredible March recovery. "And yet despite the feet of new powder, stored snow water still remains far below long-term average–a testament to just how bad things were in February."

There's no snow currently on the forecast for California, but that hasn't halted the Miracle March vibes: Following the last round of storms, Mammoth announced last Thursday they will be staying open until at least Memorial Day.

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Connecticut journalism transplant who enjoys telling stories, drinking beer and skiing, though not necessarily in that order. I have the annoying habit of petting other people's dogs without asking.

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