California’s first snow survey of 2014 revealed little surprise: with more bare ground than snow, the state’s water outlook is bleak. Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20 percent of average for this time of year. That is 7 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack normally is at its peak. Melting snow provides California with about one-third of its water for cities and farms. “While we hope ...

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