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First manual measurement of Sierra snowpack to occur next week
First manual measurement of Sierra snowpack to occur next week

The winter's first manual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack will take place next week, state officials said Tuesday, eager for any signs of relief from one of California's worst droughts in a century of record-keeping. The snowpack is crucial to the state water supply because it replenishes reservoirs during warmer months. "We rely on the snowpack," said Doug Carlson, a state Department of Water Resources spokesman. "It provides 30% of the water used in the late spring and early summer." Recent storms brought several feet of snow to parts of the Sierra and elsewhere. But California will need a steady supply of it over the coming months to make a...

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