Snowpack survey
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California snowpack is one of the deepest ever recorded

Snowpack survey

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, checks the snowpack depth during the manual snow survey at Phillips Station, near Echo Summit, Calif. The survey found the snowpack’s water content at 183% of normal for this location at this time of year.

 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Snowpack survey

Frank Gehrke takes a sample of the snowpack near Twin Bridges, Calif.

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Snowpack survey

Frank Gehrke, center, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, takes a sample of the Sierra snowpack near Twin Bridges, Calif.

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Snowpack survey

Frank Gehrke works with an assistant as he samples the Sierra snowpack near Twin Bridges, Calif.

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Snowpack survey

Frank Gehrke takes a phone call as he returns from doing the manual snow survey at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif. The survey found the snowpack’s water content at 183% of normal for this location at this time of year.

 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Snowpack survey

Snow falls on a meadow near the site where the Department of Water Resources conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif.

 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
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