State officials took the penultimate Sierra snow survey of the season Wednesday, and the findings were grim: The snowpack is far below normal, ranging from 55 percent of average in the north to 40 percent in the south.
The Sierra provides most of the fresh water that flows down the state's rivers, and ultimately, through home faucets and farm irrigation sprinklers. There is enough water in California's reservoirs to assure normal deliveries to cities and farms through the summer, thanks to the heavy snowpack of 2005-06, authorities say.
But the runoff is expected to be scant as this season's snow melts, and that means reservoirs could be abnormally low by fall. Another dry winter could mean dire water shortages for the state.
Well, this guy can't do anything about the water supply, but as for skiing...