A SERIES OF FEBRUARY STORMS ARE GIVING OUR SNOWPACK
A MUCH NEEDED BOOST.
FARMERS, UTILITY COMPANIES AND A LOT OF OUR FAVORITE
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES DEPEND ON DEEP SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS.
AND UP UNTIL JUST RECENTLY.
SNOW TOTALS WERE LOOKING PRETTY BLEAK.
TONIGHT KXLY4'S JEFF HUMPHREY SHOWS US.
HOW EXPERTS KEEP TABS ON OUR SNOW PACK SO THERE'S
NO SURPRISES ABOUT THE SUMMER'S WATER SUPPLIES.
TODAY WE'RE ON QUARTZ PEAK WITH THE NATURAL RESOURCES
CONSERVATION SERVICE USING BOTH OLD SCHOOL AND NEW
HIGH TECH WAYS OF MEASURING OUR SNOW PACK.
IT ISN'T EASY GETTING TO THE SNOWTEL SITE.
WE USED KXLY'S SNOW CAT TO GET CLOSE TO THE SPOT 47
HUNDRED FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL.
CONSERVATION SERVICE SURVEYORS DID THE REST ON SNOWSHOES.
ALTHOUGH THEY'RE USED TO MUCH DEEPER CONDITIONS.
DAVE KREFT 29;26 well we started out really well in
november.we had a good early precipiation, the mountains
were getting some snow...even one's excited and then
pretty much the rest of november, december, january
with maybe a few little exceptions we were very, very
dry almost record dry 29;40