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Rain only slightly improves drought conditions
Rain only slightly improves drought conditions

Recent rain throughout California made only a slight dent on a drought that has chugged along relentlessly for more than three years, according to federal scientists. And dry conditions are expected to return for the next two weeks. Rainfall drenched large portions of Northern California, improving stream flows, raising some river levels and spurring the growth of small plants and grasses, according to Matthew Rosencrans, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. The drought eased across the board throughout California, but it was not a dramatic change, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor map. The map shows the...

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