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California has only slim chance of normal rainfall this winter

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By Dale Kasler Dec 15 2017 Read full SacBee article here

….Even if the season had been rainy so far, Dettinger said California would struggle to reach normal precipitation for the season. That’s because most California winters are on the dry side. The wet winters, while relatively rare, are so rainy that they generate the lion’s share of the state’s water supply.

Dettinger’s findings, reported on a blog run by UC San Diego’s Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, come amid fresh signs of a difficult water year.

….State officials and most forecasters have said it’s still too soon to predict how this winter will turn out, although they’ve acknowledged they’re increasingly concerned about the recent dry spell….

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