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Last year's U.S. weather showed extremes in precipitation
Last year's U.S. weather showed extremes in precipitation

WASHINGTON — Last year was marked by extremes in precipitation around the country, with unusually wet weather east of the Rockies and drought worsening in the West, particularly California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its annual State of the Climate report, NOAA said California had its driest year on record in 2013, after receiving only 32.8% of its average annual precipitation. But the drought that extended over 61% of the country in January shrank to only 31% by December. Increased precipitation east of the Rockies helped shrink the drought’s footprint. In the northern Plains, Midwest and Southeast, 10 states had very wet years...

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