California Hits Its Deepest Snowpack in 5 Years

Storms gusting in from the El Niño-warmed Pacific have caused traffic hell in coastal California, but higher up they’ve been a boon for the drought-consumed state. Whereas the mountains had the thinnest of snowpacks last January, they now sport a robust, crystalline blanket that’s the deepest it’s been in 5 years.

That’s important, because much of the state relies on melting mountain snow for its water and hydroelectric-energy needs. This promising development is...

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