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When parts of the western United States recently received rain and snowfall during a prolonged drought, some meteorologists said the moisture was more valuable than most people realized. Some areas near San Francisco, California received over an inch of rain from one storm, and nearly two feet of snow fell in the nearby mountains. Ski resort operators said the snow was a welcome surprise because they had seen about 30 percent fewer visitors until then. While meteorologists noted much more moisture would be required to end the drought, the storm would be beneficial to the state’s agricultural industry. Weather Underground forecaster Jeff Masters said, “If one could put a monetary value on the moisture from this storm, I speculate that it would easily be worth a billion dollars.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Two feet of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada, up to a foot in Northwest, By Doyle Rice and Gary Strauss, http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/06/california-rain-snow-drought/5262095; Accessed February 7, 2014.

Hebrews 6:7 (ESV) (7) For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.

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