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Lack of spring snowpack bodes ill for many

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6:06pm, April 7, 2003

A dearth of snow on the ground can do more than just bum out skiers and snowmobilers. In areas that depend on snowmelt for fresh water, insufficient snowpack can lead to dry soil conditions, decreased crop production, and widespread wildfires.

If newly released satellite data are any indication, large portions of the already dry northern and western United States are in for another tough year.

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