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How much will heavy rains ease California's drought?
How much will heavy rains ease California's drought?

As the biggest rainstorm in years slams into California, some are wondering how much it will mitigate California's epic drought. The rain will definitely help. But by any measure, the drought is far from over. The storm is expected to dump 2 to 8 inches of rain in the San Francisco area and 2 to 5 inches in parts of Southern California through Saturday. As The Times' Matt Stevens reported, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 18 to 21 more inches of rain over six months would do the trick for most of the state. That's a tall order since the state's average rainfall for the year is about 23 inches. The latest storm dumped only about...

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