They Never Thought It Would Come, But an Answer to California's Prayers Is Finally Here

By Sean Breslin
Published: January 30, 2014

For the first time since 2000 -- when the U.S. Drought Montior began keeping track -- a portion of California is in exceptional drought, the worst designation listed. There's no doubt the residents have done a few rain dances recently, and there's finally some good news on the horizon.

Rain and snow will be falling on California soon, if not already. It's coming from Winter Storm Maximus, a Latin term for "largest" or "greatest." For Californians, there's no doubt this storm is appropriately named.

(MORE: Winter Storm Maximus Forecast | State-by-State Impacts)

San Francisco International Airport normally has 11.35 inches by this point in the season, according to an Associated Press report, but it has had only 1.5 inches. Santa Rosa Airport normally gets 20.71, but has had only 2.10 this season.

For more than a month, not a single drop of rain was observed in most towns throughout California. Water rationing and crop damage are real fears as the Sierra Nevada mountains continue to contain a shockingly low snowpack.

(MORE: 17 Communities in California That May Run Out of Water)

It's understandable if the residents of a state that boasts good weather shed a few tears of happiness when the conditions finally turn a little inclement.

Bad weather can be good sometimes, as the folks below will tell you.

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