The severe drought conditions that persisted through most of January eased a little more in February. At the end of January, Lee Vining precipitation for the water year was 37% of average. But February precipitation was 76% of average in Lee Vining (and 70% of average at Cain Ranch), which raised the water year total-to-date since October 1st to 47% of average.
March 1st snow surveys, conducted between February 25th and March 3rd, found 49% of average snow water content in the Mono Basin. This is a big improvement—almost double the February 1st surveys. As with the February surveys, the Rush Creek drainage was surveyed before end-of-month storms, and the Lee Vining Creek drainage was surveyed after the storms. This makes the Rush Creek numbers look bleak (21–22% of average April 1st water content), (more…)