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Water managers in California are concerned about the lack of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, despite recent flooding and damage. As of Thursday, the snowpack stood at 75% of average for this time of year.
California, however, is far from alone in its snow woes. The entire American West has been plagued by unseasonably warm temperatures and rain that melts snow, compounding what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been referring to as a 'snow drought'.
The lack of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada has consequences beyond the ski slopes. It impacts agriculture, particularly the region's vineyards. Precipitation is crucial for crop growth, and farming requires a balance of rain and snow. Snowpack acts as storage for water, slowly melting and replenishing groundwater and surface water supplies.
But while it may seem like any precipitation will do the trick, farming requires a complex balance of rain and snow.