Despite a recent spate of storms that hit California, the Sierra Nevada is suffering a severe, early season ‘snow drought,’ experts say. Here, storm clouds dwarf downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 21, 2023. Credit Genaro Molina. Los Angeles Times

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Daniel Swain for LA Times — ‘Snow drought’ grips California and western United States, despite recent storms

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses alarmingly low levels of snow throughout California and the Sierra Nevadas in a new LA Times story. “In some cases there is literally no measurable snow on the ground at all,” Swain said during a briefing Tuesday. “What this means is that right now, as of today, snowpack is at or below all-time record-low numbers for the beginning of January, and I know that’s pretty alarming.”