Storms bolster California snowpack, ease drought

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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Record rain and snowfall in recent weeks has eased half of California out of a persistent drought and bolstered the store of mountain snow that the state relies on to provide water during the warm, dry spring and summer. State officials on Friday were set to release the latest measurements of the volume and depth of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which last month already was at twice the typical depth for this time of year. The snowpack is considered California’s largest reservoir, and is vital to fill streams and lakes as it slowly melt…

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