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The Sierra Nevada Snowpack

Connor Kim

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Two hundred fifty miles north of the busy streets of Los Angeles, a great mountain range called the SierraNevada lies up north for about 100miles. Sierra Nevada is a Spanish name that means “snowy mountain range.”The mountain range has seen far less snow in recent years, but the snowpack is very important to California’s water supply. For the past 5 years, California has experienced a severe drought which caused wells to dry up. According to the National Weather Service, the recent storms that have drenchedNorthern California, 42% of the state is no longer in a drought. BetweenJanuary 9th and January 12th the SierraNevada got 6 to 12 feet of snow.Although most of the SouthernCalifornia areas are still in a sever drought, the recent snowfall in Sierra Nevada will certainly help.

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