ca-droughtRecent rains have helped ease the severe drought facing California grapegrowers, but only a little. The rain fell mainly in California’s North Coast counties of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino as well as in the central Sierra Nevada, source of most of the water used by growers in the state’s Central Valley. The central Sierra Nevada snowpack has tripled over the past two weeks, to 36% of average as of Feb. 11, according to the California Department of Water Resources. The state remains in extreme drought, however. After nearly two dry months in what is normally a very wet period, the central Sierra snowpack stood at 12%. A storm in late January raised it to 18%, and more snow over the past week brought it to 36%.Read more at:
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