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California drought: We need 11 trillion gallons of water in the bank
California drought: We need 11 trillion gallons of water in the bank

A series of rainstorms — one of which was powerful and destructive for residents statewide — helped deposit needed moisture to California, but it’s going to take 11 trillion gallons of water in storage to recover from the drought, NASA scientists said this week. California must receive three seasons of above-average rainfall to get back to a “manageable situation,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water-cycle scientist of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “We need 11 trillion just to get back to our normal, dry conditions,” he said. The state receives an average 22 inches of rain annually — which translates into an...

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