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The recent storms that swamped Southern California — causing fatal mudslides, stranding motorists and causing general havoc — in fact bode well for this summer´s water supply.

New snow pack figures show some portions of the southern Sierra Nevada range had nearly double the typical snowfall for this time of year. The snow pack dwindled a bit farther north — but still was nearly half-again above average as water watchers conducted their second snow survey of the season. The snow pack was 143 percent above average across the Sierra. The department´s automated and manual snow measurements found about 90 percent of all the snow that would usually be on the ground on April 1 already had fallen.


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