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LA Times article with mention of Yosemite snowpack
June 12, 2011 06:24PM
Thick snowpack holds water — and potential peril

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times

June 12, 2011, 4:17 p.m.
Reporting from Yosemite National Park— On the third day of June, Frank Gehrke and Vince White strapped on their cross-country skis and glided across the wintry landscape of Dana Meadows in Yosemite National Park. The surrounding peaks were wrapped in snow, the breeze crisp enough for a hat and gloves.

The men screwed together four sections of a hollow aluminum tube White had carried on his backpack. With a vigorous twisting of a handle attached to the cylinder, he drove it into the layers of snow. It didn't hit dirt for another 7 feet.

After pulling up the snow-filled tube, White weighed it to gauge the water content. The Dana Meadows snowpack had enough water to form a 3-foot-deep lake.

... The measurements at Dana Meadows didn't break records. The water content was well below the 61.6 inches recorded in June 1983.

Still, Gehrke guessed it will be mid-July before the ground pokes through its winter blanket.

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