Western snowpack having a banner year

From Climate Central: The start of April marks the end of the winter wet season in the western U.S., the time of year when the region gets most of its precipitation. Measuring the snowpack at this time indicates how much water will melt from the snowpack during the hot and dry summer months that follow, making it a critical resource for agricultural, residential, commercial, and recreational users. For only the second time this decade, the last being in 2011, the snowpack at the start of April is above normal, providing a respite from a drought which had been especially bad…