Sierra Nevada snow flights are booking fast

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
This photo shows a comparison of snow coverage and how much water it holds from May 2021 (left) to May 2019 (right). The darker blue indicates greater water content. Courtesy Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc.

Demand for snow runoff forecasting is surging in the San Joaquin Valley, particularly after the past bone-dry year. Snow monitoring flights are already being tentatively scheduled by valley water districts ahead of winter.

“Everybody’s anxious for the water year,” said Michael Anderson, state climatologist for California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR). “What is it going to bring?”

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
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