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Rain Finally Returns, Californians Rejoice?

February 26, 2014

Rain is finally making a return to the West Coast, which is experiencing widespread drought conditions and has only picked up a fraction of its needed rain and snowfall during its seasonal wet period.

(MORE: California's Drought Illustrated in One Shocking Image)

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West Coast Radar

West Coast Radar

West Coast Radar

West Coast Radar

It has been so dry in California, some cities — including Los Angeles — have only picked up 18 percent of their normal rainfall during the 2013-2014 "water year."

In fact, Weather Underground weather historian Christopher Burt says that downtown L.A. has only received 1.2 inches of rain since the water season began July 1, 2013. Burt notes that the last time L.A. picked up an inch of rain or more on one calendar day was more than two years ago on October 5, 2011. About 1.1 inches of rain was measured in L.A. that day.

The good news is that rain remains in the forecast through the weekend for much of California.

(MORE: Beneficial Rains Soak the West)

Below is a look at how Californians are receiving this week's beneficial rains.


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